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Jun. 23rd, 2008


Current Events in Thelema (6/14/2008)

source: http://www.thelemicstudies.com/?q=node/65

* Fernando Pessoa's correspondence with Crowley being auctioned - The Independent has reported that Portugal's literary community is angry over the sale of rare documents. These include voluminous correspondence between the famous poet Fernando Pessoa and Aleister Crowley. "When the poet died in obscurity in 1935, he left a trunk full of documents that included extensive correspondence with the eccentric English astrologist and magician Aleister Crowley, a practitioner of the occult said to have inspired satanism in Britain. Portugal's National Library fiercely opposes the private sale of documents considered vital to the nation's literary heritage, and warns it will take all legal measures to stop the sale and dispersal of the archive, the Lisbon daily Publico reports... The dossier includes voluminous correspondence with Crowley, and hundreds of pages of an unfinished novel about Crowley's faked suicide." Click here to read the full article at the Independent.

* "Fresh Fever From the Skies" released - A new book by IAO131, the creator & editor of the Journal of Thelemic Studies, has been released entitled "Fresh Fever From the Skies." The book includes many contemporary essays including "Thelemic Values: A New View of Morality," "Psychological Commentary on Liber AL vel Legis," and "The Manifesto of Ra-Hoor-Khuit." The book "Fresh Fever From the Skies" is available here.

* Secret Agent 666 by Richard B. Spence released - Richard B. Spence has released a new book entitled "Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence, and the Occult. LAShTAL.com reports Using documents gleaned from American, British, French, and Italian archives, Secret Agent 666 reveals that Crowley's clandestine service linked him to the sinking of the Lusitania, a plot to overthrow the government of Spain, the thwarting of Irish and Indian nationalist conspiracies, the Communist International, and the 1941 flight of Rudolf Hess. Author Richard Spence, a professor of History at the University of Idaho, argues that Crowley--in his own unconventional way--was a patriotic Englishman who endured years of public vilification in part to mask his role as a secret agent. Dr. Spence has appeared on the History Channel and as a speaker at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He has been interviewed on Radio Liberty and other media outlets and has been a consultant and interviewee for documentary films produced by the Russian Cultural Foundation..." The book "Secret Agent 666" can be found here on Amazon.com.

* HeruTV launches - A new official video channel of the Journal of Thelemic Studies has launched on YouTube called HeruTV. Currently there are two videos uploaded including meditations on "Liber Cheth" and "Liber Tzaddi." The HeruTV YouTube channel can be found here.

May. 15th, 2008


Current Events in Thelema (5/15/2008)

http://thelemicstudies.com/?q=node/54* New art by Aleister Crowley - Thelema Media has announced an exclusive production of Aleister Crowley's art entitled "An Old Master: The Art of Aleister Crowley." It is described as, "the official catalogue for the largest exhibition of Aleister Crowley's art to date, held in London in 1998 e.v.... [It is] A4 size, 32 pages, featuring 47 color illustrations of paintings and drawings by Aleister Crowley, with essays by Martin P. Starr and Karl Nierendorf." Check this new collection out from Thelema Media.

* Golden Dawn Occult Society Thelemic Symposium 2008 - "There is to be a reunion/revival of the old annual O.G.D.O.S. International Thelemic Symposium this autumn [on Saturday 4th October 2008 from 12:00pm till 1:00am]. Tickets are £20 each, in cash over the counter at The Inner Bookshop if you are nearby otherwise email to reserve them, where we will contact you with regards payment and postage. To order tickets please email here first. There will be no guest list or concessions. The event will consist of speakers to start with from 12noon till 7pm. The speakers in no particular order are: Lon Milo DuQuette, Constance DuQuette, Mike Magee speaking about "The 5 senses in A.M.O.O.K.O.S. and Tantrik Traditions," Charlotte Rodgers speaking about "Taboo & Blood Rites (A Talk with Slideshow Pictures)", Jake Stratton-Kent speaking about "Goetic Magick," Melissa Harrington speaking about "Thelema & The Feminine Part II", David Beth. After a break there will then be a fully staged Gnostic Mass to all who want to take part. It will be performed by the E.G.C. ordained Priest and Priestess of York. The Eucharist will be administered to all who take part." Again, the Symposium is on Saturday 4th October 2008 from 12:00pm till 1:00am. Check out the website for Thelemic Symposium 2008

* Mystics, Mothers, Magicians update - "Only six months to go before the beginning of our next national O.T.O. Symposium! Mystics, Mothers, and Magicians: Women and Goddesses of O.T.O., will be held in Sacramento, California, November 14th through 16th, 2008. The focus of this event will be the Divine Feminine itself, on the one hand, and its manifestation in living women, on the other hand. Presentation topics on Saturday will include the following: "Babalon and the Beast: The Rise and Fall of Leah Hirsig," "Babalon: Unifying the Feminine in the House of Desire," "Kumari: Nepal's Living Goddess," "Lady in Red, Lady in Blue: Egyptian Goddesses," "Mother of Abominations: Babalon, Matter, and the Art of Loving the Monstrous," "Seshat: Creating the Temple with the Power of Words," "The Venusian View: Lessons of Love Goddesses." On Sunday, we will hear presentations or interviews with eight O.T.O. women chosen for their outstanding work in different fields of endeavor, corresponding to the seven Classical planets plus Earth. By honoring these women and their work, we honor that corresponding part in ourselves and in our sisters and brothers. We also will have the opportunity to learn from their triumphs and hardships, as they share those lessons with us. In addition, we'll enjoy ritual openings and closings, music and dancing, several cocktail receptions, and the company of our brothers and sisters. Please visit MysticsMothersMagicians.com for a complete schedule of events, including the names and bios of our distinguished speakers, and titles and descriptions of presentations. The website also contains registration prices and deadlines, a link to the registration site, links to lodging, and more."

* Weiser Antiquarian Catalog no.35 - LAShTAL.com reports, "Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the issue of the thirty-fifth of our on-line catalogs, which is another of our special lists on rare books, typescripts, and ephemera relating to Aleister Crowley. For the most part the material on offer has come from one collection, and a number of the items have previously passed through the hands of Weiser Antiquarian, thus affording our customers an unusual 'second chance' to acquire items that they missed out on when we first offered them for sale." Read the full catalog at Weiser Antiquarian.

* New recording of old Crowley song - LAShTAL.com reports, "After recording together for Othon’s Debut Album, Marc Almond and Othon will be returning to the Studio to record Aleister Crowley’s 'Tango Song.'" More information can be found at the Othon website.

May. 6th, 2008


CESNUR 2008 Aleister Crowley Papers

sources: LAShTAL.com; Thelema.nu

The 2008 International Conference by the Center for Studies on New Religions has posted various essays from its proceeding online. Click here to access these essays.

Included in these proceedings on 'New Religions' are various essays focusing on Aleister Crowley and his legacy.

* The Birth of the New Aeon: Magick and Mysticism of Thelema from the perspective of Postmodern A/Theology by Gordan Djurdjevic
* The Scientific Aeon: Magic, Science and Psychology in Crowley’s Scientific Illuminism by Egil Asprem
* Crowleyan Echoes: Baraka and Fantasy by Dave Evans
* The Bhikkhu and the Magus: Exploring Allan Bennett’s Influence on Aleister Crowley by John L. Crow

As Patriarch156 writes on LAShTAL.com,

"The study of Crowley as a legitimate subject open for a balanced and fairer approach, is undergoing a revolution in academia, entirely in line with the goals set forth by Crowley nearly a century ago in the Blue Equinox. Crowley received his own panel this time, for the first time in history. This is an important first step and perhaps as our community matures his ideas and methods may receive interest from other places as well, and not merely from the history of ideas and religion."

Apr. 18th, 2008


Trailer released for "Chemical Wedding" film

The official trailer for the "Chemical Wedding" film has been released. The Chemical Wedding written by Bruce Dickinson and Julian Doyle and stars Simon Callow as Professor Oliver Haddo.

Mar. 28th, 2008


Journal of Thelemic Studies, Volume 1, No. 2 is now available!

Current Issue:

Journal of Thelemic Studies Vol.1 No.2

Spring 2008, C.E.

51 pg.

Print: Color - $20.50

B&W - $6.76

Table of Contents
Introduction by the Editor
Rabelais, Dashwood, and Proto-Thelema by Steven J. Ash
“Egg” by Acrylick Alchemical
Acrylick Alchemical interview

Thelema & Buddhism by IAO 131

*Part 5: War & Conquering

“Venus in Pisces” by Acrylick Alchemical
IllumineNaughty interview with the band IllumineNaughty

"A Delightful Dance" by Acrylick Alchemical
The Missing Calls to the Great Workby John L. Crow

Click HERE to read the Journal of Thelemic Studies in PDF form for free!

Click HERE to order the Journal of Thelemic Studies in print form

Mar. 25th, 2008


New cover available for Journal of Thelemic Studies, Vol.1 No1.

The Journal of Thelemic Studies would like to announce that Vol.1 No.1 of the Journal is now available with a new cover:

It may be found here:

Color: http://www.lulu.com/content/1263026

B&W: http://www.lulu.com/content/1295121

Thank you to J. Ash Bowie for the cover design

The first issue of the Journal of Thelemic Studies, Vol.1 No.1, is still available to download for free. Click 'Current Issue' above.

Mar. 13th, 2008


Iron Maiden singer co-writes Aleister Crowley horror film

sources: BBC News, CBC News

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has co-written a horror film, Chemical Wedding, which is to be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Supernatural thriller Chemical Wedding will then be released in British cinemas in the summer.

The film Chemical Wedding is directed by Julian Doyle, who co-wrote the script with Dickinson and who also helmed an Iron Maiden video, Can I Play with Madness, in 1988.

The film stars Simon Callow as Professor Haddo, the reincarnation of occultist Aleister Crowley, once described as Britain's most evil man.

Dickinson is currently on the road with the band on a world tour.

The film premieres at Cannes on May 17.

Mar. 10th, 2008


Current Events in Thelema (3/10/2008)

* Thelemic Symposium 2008 is getting close! - Sekhet-Maat Lodge of the O.T.O. is hosting their annual "Thelemic Symposium" on Saturday, March 29, 2008. "Thelemic Symposium is a panel discussion and question/answer session engaging the considerable experience and knowledge of three long-time Thelemites. We are proud to present this, the seventh annual Symposium, featuring panelists Hank Hadeed, Anita Kraft, and M. Dionysius Rogers." Buy your tickets & find out more information at their webpage.

* Agape 9.3-4 - The latest issue of the Official Organ of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., Agapé vol. 9 nos. 3-4, has been made available on the web here. Source: LAShTAL.com

* "Mystics, Mothers, and Magicians" symposium registration opens - Registration is now open for the "Mystics, Mothers, and Magicians" symposium, to be held in Sacramento, CA on November 14-16 2008. This celebration of the divine feminine is open to OTO members of all genders; there is also one presentation which will be offered to the public. See the event website for details, including registration instructions. Source: oto-usa.org

Mar. 5th, 2008


Current Events in Thelema (3/4/2008)

Here are some updates on what is happening in the world of Thelema:

Babalon Rising Festival 2008 - "The Babalon Rising Festival is a place for occultists of all kinds to come together to discuss and perform magick and ritual, and to live the law of Thelema in a clothing-optional, primitive camping environment. Babalon Rising encourages self-exploration, spontaneous ritual, and lively magick... Babalon Rising will have daily rituals, including Liber Resh vel Helios, The Gnostic Mass, and Saturday night's famous (infamous?) Feast of the Beast. The festival site includes hot showers, skinny-dipping facilities, limited electricity, a performance stage, holy shrines, private fire pits, and an on-site hot food vendor. We encourage festival-goers to bring a tent, sunscreen, and personal snacks and beverages. Clothing is optional! Vending is FREE with a regular paid admission to the festival." It is an age 18+ event occuring June 5 - 8, 2008 at Our Haven Nature Sanctuary in French Lick, Indiana. Learn more at their website http://www.babalonrising.org

Twenty Years of Studies in Aleister Crowley - The Center for Studies on New Religions presents TWENTY YEARS OF STUDIES ON ALEISTER CROWLEY at its 2008 International Conference (17 April 2008 - London School of Economics). The presentations include "Painting Dead Souls: New Discoveries on Aleister Crowley and Art" by Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam), "The Scientific Aeon: Magic, Science and Psychology in Crowley’s Scientific Illuminism" by Egil Asprem (University of Amsterdam), "The Initiatory System of the AA" by Henrik Bogdan (Göteborg University), "The Bhikku and the Magus: Exploring Allan Bennett’s Influence on Aleister Crowley" by John L. Crow (University of Amsterdam), "Crowleyan Echoes: Baraka and Fantasy" by Dave Evans (Bristol University), and "Legitimization Strategies and Charismatic Control in Thelema" by Martin P. Starr (University of Chicago). More information is available at the website here.

Mystics, Mothers, and Magicians: Women and Goddesses of O.T.O. - Join with women and men of the Ordo Templi Orientis at the second biennial celebration of the female half of the Thelemic pantheon: Babalon, Nuit, and their physical counterparts on this material plane. This event is the sequel to the O.T.O. Women’s Symposium (OTOWS) held in Las Vegas in 2006. The symposium will run from Friday, November 14, 2008, until Sunday, November 16, 2008. Learn more at their website: http://mysticsmothersmagicians.com

If you have a news item you think would be worthy of posting, please e-mail us at admin@thelemicstudies.com or post to the comments of this article

Mar. 1st, 2008


Australian OTO lawsuit update

source: LAShTAL.com

The Australian O.T.O. Religious Vilification action [of] the past few years has concluded. The authors of the gaiaguys.net website, Dyson Devine and Vivienne Legg, were released from jail upon undertaking not to repeat, or assist others to publish, vilifying statements about Ordo Templi Orientis.

The Court had previously described the numerous comments by Devine and Legg on their website that O.T.O. was a paedophile and satanic network enjoying high level protection in the state of Victoria as "bizarre"; it found that Devine and Legg were guilty of inciting hatred, contempt, revulsion and ridicule of O.T.O. and its members on the grounds of their Thelemic beliefs, activities and practices.

The Court had previously determined that O.T.O. was a lawful religious organization, and Thelema a lawful religion.

While the Court acknowledged that "the damage has been done" and that the site and the allegations have been copied and spread over the Internet, O.T.O. is satisfied with the outcome, which has sent a clear and highly publicized message to the Australian community that the O.T.O. is a lawful and reputable organization which will defend itself, Thelema, and the rights and beliefs of its membership. We'll have to see how things go from here; we thank our counsel who went above and beyond the call of duty; we thank the international community who got behind our actions and gave us support and encouragement; and we thank our members - many of whom as a result of the impact of the vilifying materials on their personal and professional lives, have had to demonstrate true courage in the face of real adversity.

The following brief articles are from the mainstream press:


*A complete archive of the Court findings and decisions may be found at the Grand Lodge of Australia's website: www.otoaustralia.org.au

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