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Members of Cuchulain Oasis will travel to Belfast this weekend, August 24th, to perform our first Gnostic Mass. Attendance is open to all OTO members and invited guests. If you would like to attend this beautiful ritual, please contact us for details.
Congratulations to our new I° Brethren who were initiated on Saturday, and to our newly made III° Master Magician! These were the first initiations performed by Cuchulain Oasis, and they were a great start. Many thanks to Sister Rachel who flew in from London to assist us.
Our next initiations will be Minerval initiations later this year, and this will be an opportunity for new members to join us on that occasion. Anyone interested in joining OTO in Ireland please contact us for further information.
Cuchulain Oasis remains the only chartered official O.T.O. body in the island of Ireland at this time.
Current Khephra Oasis officer email addresses will remain valid during the changeover period. New officer email addresses will be announced shortly.
A third essay by the Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta on the kill/fill correction to Liber Legis is now available, plus several PDF copies of supporting material.
Rodney Orpheus of OTO Ireland talks about the Order in The Cult of Nick podcast.
From Hymenaeus Beta, Frater Superior, O.T.O.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The reading “fill me” in Liber Legis III:37 has long been known to conflict with the text it was meant to quote, i.e., Crowley’s Paraphrase of the hieroglyphs of the Stèle of Revealing, which has the reading “kill me.”
Our best source for what happened during the writing of this section of Liber Legis is chapter 7 of The Equinox of the Gods (a section written in 1921, published 1936):
“Verse 35 states simply that section one of this chapter is completed.
“I seem to have become enthusiastic, for there is a kind of interlude reported by Aiwaz of my song of adoration translated from the Stèle; the incident parallels that of chapter I, verse 26, etc.
“It is to be noted that the translations from the Stèle in verses 37–38 were no more than instantaneous thoughts to be inserted afterwards.
“Verse 38 begins with my address to the God in the first sentence, while in the second is his reply to me. He then refers to the hieroglyphs of the Stèle, and bids me quote my paraphrases. This order was given by a species of wordless gesture, not visible or audible, but sensible in some occult manner.”
The last two sentences are the key to understanding what happened, in my opinion. The operative words are “order” and “quote.” It does not explain the discrepancy in his pencilled aide-memoire note in the MS. of Liber AL.
From Hymenaeus Beta, Frater Superior, O.T.O.
CROWLEY-HARRIS THOTH TAROT PAINTINGS IN THE VENICE BIENNALE
The 55th International Art Exhibition, or Venice Biennale, titled Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and was organized by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. It opens to the public on June 1 and runs through November 24.
O.T.O. International Headquarters and the Warburg Institute arranged for the inclusion of nine of the Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris Thoth Tarot paintings. We have held back releasing news of their inclusion until the general press releases from the Biennale went out, which happened in mid-March.
A few Thoth paintings have been shown before. Leaving aside Harris’ own shows in the 1940s, the first was the inclusion of “Atu XX, The Aeon” in the O.T.O.-curated October Gallery Crowley art show of 1997, which had a brief run. The second was the inclusion of four trumps (Atu II – The High Priestess, Atu IX – The Hermit, Atu XVIII – The Moon and Atu XIX – The Aeon) in the 2008 Traces du Sacré show at the Centre Pompidou, which ran for just over 3 months.
The Biennale is the first time so many Thoth paintings will be on public display for such a length of time—about 5 months. Attendance at the last Biennale approached 400,000, so this will introduce the Thoth Tarot to a large, new and sophisticated audience.
We wish to thank Massimiliano Gioni and his assistant-curator Helga Just Christoffersen for their inclusion of Crowley and Harris, and the Warburg Institute for making the loan of the paintings possible.
The nine paintings included are:
- Atu VIII – Adjustment, 1940
- Atu XII – The Hanged Man, 1938–40
- Atu XV – The Devil, 1938–40
- Atu XVI – The Tower (or: War), 1939
- Atu XVIII – The Moon, 1938–40
- Atu XIX – The Sun, 1938
- Queen of Wands, 1938–40
- Ace of Cups, 1940
- Queen of Cups, 1938–40
On Sunday January 27th our Brethren in the North will be hosting the Breaking of Bread ritual plus Brother Matthew will be giving a talk on Liber Samekh, followed by a performance of that ritual too. The event will be held in Lisburn. Please contact us if you would like to attend.