The Hermetic Brotherhood Of Luxor

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Egypt. No other name in the Western Mystery Tradition invokes such respect, such mystery. The Black Land on the Nile. The place that most practioners of the High Arts will tell you that those same arts originated. Why this fascination with the land of Egypt? In the Modern Era, Egypt has been the source for inspirations for the occult world since Napoleon's expedition there at the close of the 18th Century.

There were several ancient schools of magick in Ancient Egypt. Everyone from Moses to Pythagoras was supposed to have been trained there in the magickal arts. Even the magnificent Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistos was supposedly found, cradled on the chest of Hermes, in an Egyptian tomb by Alexander the Great. This diminutive text of twelve brief statements is, along with the other Trismegistic literature, completely compatible with the Alchemical and Hermetic Traditions. Hermeticism, as we know, was the meeting of the ancient Hellenic and Egyptian cultures in the centuries at the beginning of the Common Era, and inspired by a god born from the merger of these two cultures, Hermes Trismegistos. Throughout the first three centuries of the Common Era Hermetic thought and philosophy was at its height.

The influence of Egypt on the Western Mystery Tradition continued through the various minor schools of the Kabbalah well into the 16th Century in Egypt. There were numerous schools in Alexandria and Cairo. The most famous product of these later schools of the Kabbalah was Rabbi Isaac Luria, commonly known as the Ari (an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Isaac, the Godly Rabbi Isaac). It is from these later schools of the Kabbalah that originate several of the most important surviving commentaries of not only Kabbalistic writing, but also the Talmud and Torah.

Inspired by these great resources, in the 19th Century several groups of European magicians and esoteric students again began to look to Egypt. There were several Fringe Masonic groups that looked more at the Egyptian Mysteries, including the Universal Rite of Co-Masonry in France and the various occult orders that sprang up in England near the close of that century. The most well know of these orders was of course the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, but there was another earlier order that had just as much influence on what would become the modern Western Mystery Traditions. That order was the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, which helped influence the later Golden Dawn and in the United States, the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).

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Commentary On Liber Resh Vel Helios

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This commentary is written with the express intention of offering enough information to consciously work with the ritual form of Resh while still encouraging individual research. This falls into the realm of the popular Jungian theory of the collective unconscious. The stele of revealing is central to the Thelemic stream. Details on the revelation of its importance can be found in Aleister Crowley's "Equinox Of The Gods". This does not necessarily denote the adorations used by any of the lineages of the OTO, the A.'.A.'. or any other Thelemic order. Crowley, Aleister "Magick In Theory And Practice" Crowley, Aleister "Magick In Theory And Practice" Ilbid Signs of the grades/ elements taken from: LIBER O VEL MANVS ET SAGITTAE

"The chanting sun, as ever, rivals"The chanting of his brothers spheres"And marches round his destined circuit-"A march that thunders in our ears."His aspect cheers the Host of Heaven"Though what his essence none can say;"These inconceivable creations"Keep the high state of their first day."


"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law "

The sun is constantly in our lives, and our lives are reliant on its presence. We despair on a dark Irish day, overcast by the many clouds which linger over the island. In summer the heart brightens with its brightness and its absence during the winter is a sorrow to us. If we consider both our relationship to the sun and that of our planet to it also we might call the sun the parent star of our place in the universe.

When we turn to science to answer the familiar yet relatively unknown presence in our lives there are many things we can be told about it - its size, its distance from us, and innumerable other facts, but very often the more we learn about this ever present friend the less we find the truth of our experience in this knowledge. For indeed, the most thorough and scientific of explanations still fails to explain the soul experience of a bright summer's day kindling the inner sun.

The relationship to the sun belongs to the fundamental constitution of our common subconscious soul life. Each person carries this relationship with them in the hidden depths their being. But it remains hidden and unknown.

In earlier times people knew how to bring this basic element of the human soul into the light of conscious life through the use of ritual, through a living experience and repeated telling of such mythological sagas as the Irish Lugh L'amh F'ada. They further honoured the sun as the sun God or sun Goddess, as something personal, and lived closely with the cycles of the lightening of day and of night and darkness, and the seasonal cycles, and our special relationship to the sun at different times of the year, as well as the relationship of our land with the golden disc.

In modern society this relationship has all but gone. The advent of industrialisation and in particular the light bulb of Edison has dispossessed us from our warm and personal relationship with the sun. This relation has become cold and frozen, as we find ourselves becoming ever more separate. This has an effect on us, unseen perhaps but an effect none the less.

The general populous lacks the sun forces at work in their constitution and we see the presence of mental illness on a level previously unimaginable. The seasonal manifestation of this, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) affects one in four people in the United Kingdom. This real and tangible manifestation of our relationship (or lack ther) with the sun speaks to an imbalance in our soul life. This condition lives in the realm of both a soul experience and a bio chemical imbalance resultant from the seasonal changes. This is an expression of a pathology, however the affect can be much more subtle. In the life of the soul that which goes unlived and unacknowledged becomes a disturbance in the soul life. This sun- complex lives in each of us. It can, unattended, affect our mental and physical wellbeing.

The answer to this dilemma of the soul is to try to raise the subconscious to the conscious, to infuse the dark recesses of our mind with light and warmth. This we will begin to happen by working with solar mythology, through finding a relationship to the sun, and through the realm of ritual adoration as found in Liber Resh vel Helios. The text for this ritual can be found here.

The Thelemic literature is filled with solar imagery, and indeed the entire Western culture is based on sun worship. From the ancient Roman Mithras cults to the Christios as sun God the sun as an idea has been a pillar of Western society. But in Thelemic practice the sun takes an enlivened role, a central role through active work with sol.

The solar adoration of Liber Resh vel Helios Sub figura CC is an official ritual of the A.'.A.'. however it is in widespread use within the thelemic community at large.

The Egyptian Of Liber Resh

The solar adorations of Liber Resh vel Helios is abound in Egyptian symbolism. In fact its basic content is based on certain images which appear on the stele of revealing. The bark or barge of Ra travels across the sky carrying the solar glory from first rising, across the sky to the sun in hiding. Its crew form a who's who of the Gods of creation, wisdom and magick in the Egyptian Pantheon.

"RA:" is the sun God of Heliopolis

"TAHUTI:" Is another name for Thoth, the Ibis headed Egyptian God of wisdom and magick who is stationed at the helm of the solar barge.

"RA HOOR:" is one of several forms of the God Horus. This particular rendition, Ra-Hoor, means the house of Ra. An ancient hymn from the papyrus of Ani describes the special relationship of Thoth and Horus upon the barge as follows: 'Thoth stands at the prow of thy boat, smiting all thine enemies,' and 'I have seen Horus at the helm and Thoth acting at his command.'

"AHATHOR:" Also known as Het-Hert. Het-Heru or Hathor, whose name means the dwelling of Horus. She is depicted as the celestial cow who gave birth to the universe. As such she represents the sky from eastern to Western horizon (given her dues at this 'midpoint' of this journey). Hathor is also the Goddess of the beauty and had special patronage of the dead.

"TUM:" Or Atum was the original sun-God of Heliopolis. His name means 'to be completed'. As such he is an appropriate representative of the sun in the evening.

"KHEPHRA:" is the sacred scarab, he who is self created. In the form of the sun in darkness we meet the image of the beetle who rolls its eggs in dung and buries it in the earth until it is time to hatch. So the self creating God, who is traditionally corresponded to the East brings about a new sunrise.

These descriptions have been kept sufficiently brief to encourage individual research. It is only by actively building an image of the Gods that the adoption of their Godforms may be effectively done.

The Adoration Taught To Thee By Thy Superior

There are several forms of adoration which may be used after the declamation of the quarterly adorations, and in time you may wish to write one which expresses your personal connection to the sun. Adorations which are commonly used include the "Collect Of The Sun" from Liber XV or from" Liber Al vel Legis 3:37" which are as follows:

* "Lord visible and sensible of whom this earth is but a frozen spark turning about thee with annual and diurnal motion, source of light, source of life, let thy perpetual radiance hearten us to continual labour and enjoyment; so that as we are constant partakers of thy bounty we may in our particular orbit give out light and life, sustenance and joy to them that revolve about us without diminution of substance or effulgence forever."


Unity uttermost showed!

I adore the might of Thy breath,

Supreme and terrible God,

Who makest the gods and death

To tremble before Thee :.

I, I adore thee! Appear on the throne of Ra!

Open the ways of the Khu!

Lighten the ways of the Ka!

The ways of the Khabs run through

To stir me or still me!

Aum! let it fill me!


Again the verse from Liber Al vel Legis (The Book of the Law) is built upon the mytho symbolic system established in the Stele of Revealing. In my personal practice I have also worked with a verse which appears upon the Stele of Revealing (and coincidently also in Liber Al vel Legis III:38):

"T"he light is mine; its rays consume "

Me: I have made a secret door

Into the House of Ra and Tum,

Of Kephra and of Ahathoor.

I am thy Theban, O Mentu,

The prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu!


This verse describes the personalisation of the sun experience. The secret door is the working with these Godforms which is a part of a path of inner development. The names Ra, Tum, Kephera and Ahathoor are by now at least somewhat familiar, however these last three aspects,of the Theban (person from Thebes), the being of Mentu and the prophet Ankh-af-na-khonsu will need some further explanation.

"THEBES: "Is an ancient Egyptian city now known as Luxor. The most magnificent tombs and monuments find their home in Thebes. It was also the largest place of worship of the Godform of Mentu.

"MENTU:" Is a God form depicted as warlike with a falcon or bull head. He was compared and equated with Amun, Ra and Horus. One of his titles was" Horus With The Strong Arm". This is the very specific form of Horus shown to Aleister Crowley by his wife Rose on their honeymoon in Cairo. For further information of the events surrounding the identification of the stele of revealing as central to the 93 current and the dictation of t"he Book of Law" please reference Aleister Crowleys" Equinox Of The Gods".

"ANKH-AF-NA-KHONSU: "Was a prophet of Mentu, the true voice depicted on the stele. In his lifetime Crowley strongly identified with this person.

The Sign Of Your Grade

The instruction of using the sign of your grade is intended for initiates of the A.'.A.'. As such this instruction is a moot point for most in the context of Irish Order Of Thelema initiates and others using this particular form of adoration. That said, it seems a tad silly, and incredibly difficult to invest oneself when the arms hang limply at the sides. Where's the investment, the fire, the adoration? One of the most common positions used when declaiming Resh is that of the enterer. Crowley describes this in Liber O when describing the exclamation of a Godname.

* "Quickly advance the left foot about twelve inches, throw forward the body, and let the hands (drawn back to the side of the eyes) shoot out, so that you are standing in the typical position of the God Horus."

An illustration of this can be found in Equinox 1 under the title 'blind force'. Alternately the signs of the grades for the A.'.A.'. from one to four can be used as they correspond to the elements and the quarters. In a manuscript note to Equinox I:6 Crowley suggests: Dawn: L.V.X.; Noon: Thoum-Aesh-Neith (Fire); Sunset: Shu (Air); Midnight: Auramoth (Water). This works from the understanding that the ritualist stands on the intersection of Semekh () and Pe () facing Tiphereth (as in the Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram). The signs are consequently appropriate to the sephiroth being faced.

The declamation should finish with the Godform of Hapocrates, the silent God with the finger over the lip.

Assuming A Godform

On the subject of the assumption of a Godform Aleister Crowley said as follows:

* "The Magical Images of the Gods of Egypt should be made thoroughly familiar. This can be done by studying them in any public museum, or in such books as may be accessible to the student. They should then be carefully painted by him, both from the model and from memory. "
" The student, seated in the God position, or in the characteristic attitude of the God desired, should then imagine His image as coinciding with his own body, or as enveloping it. This must be practiced until mastery of the image is attained, and an identity with it and with the God experienced. It is a matter for very great regret that no simple and certain tests of success in this practice exist. "

I must say that although the use of seating in the adorations is not terribly common, otherwise the basic principle of assuming a Godform stands good. The building of a Godform is based on a great deal of hard slog and research (which I am choosing not to deprive the esteemed reader of) to gain an appreciation of the image, the mythology and so forth, and all of this is essential and necessary to come to an understanding of the inner attitude of the Godform. At the centre of the assumption of a Godform is the inner attitude, but without the background work of building an inner image any such attempt will lack any efficacy.

Thelema takes the question of sun mysteries very seriously and its inner dynamics underlie many of its texts and rituals, albeit often shrouded in symbol. The ritual of Liber Resh vel Helios offers the opportunity to work consciously with a very important and dynamic energy in our daily lives.

"Love is the law, love under will"

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Thelema Book Review Cottage Witchery

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by Ellen Dugan

Published by Llewellyn Press second edition 2005

I love this book. Does that make me a fluffy bunny? Well, then so be it. I wanted to do a book review and recommendation on a light, fun book that was worth reading and here it is.

I am a middle age professional woman. I have been walking the path of the Goddess for years, but I don't live in a fantasy world, I don't live in robes surrounded by incense and candles (I might if I could!). My normal days are not about Drawing Down the Moon, mine are about rush hour traffic and doing a good job for my clients and taking care of myself and the dogs, getting the car in for an oil change.... In other words I am just an ordinary American with a busy life.

I don't want to relegate my connection to the Goddess and God and the Elements to the special times when I have time and energy to create sacred space and center myself and commune with them. I would like to do more of that than I actually do, but a close second is making sure than my environment and my day includes constant reminders of the Deities and little moments to say 'thank you' or 'help me.'

That's what I like about this book. Suggestions for tiny altars in honor of the Goddess or one of the Elements tucked into bookshelves, kitchen shelves, living room decorations. Tiny reminders, tea light to burn and say a quick thank you, instead of big in-your-face altars that are really better suited to a more private place in your home.....unless all of your friends are Pagan or you just like justifying yourself to everyone who walks in the door.

Lots of little protection charms, lots of suggestions for cleansing a new home, new (used) furniture or other household goods. Garage sales are fun and you can find some treasures, but what do you do when you get your latest find home and start wondering what kind of energy you are dragging into your home? How about this charm?

Take a moment to picture the Elements present around you. Hold the item in your hands..."Forgotten and dusty/rusty, I now make you brand new. Transform from mundane to magick my need is true. By the powers of earth, air, fire and water, I will conjure up love, good luck health and laughter. By the powers of earth and sea, as I will it, so must it be."

And enjoy your new found treasure in peace.

There is a delightful chapter on getting along with any fairies that are inhabiting your garden, hearth or house This one can save you a lot of aggravation.

There is advice on bringing the natural world indoors with seasonal plants and decorations. A permanent natural presence is beautiful if you can master the art of having happy houseplants, here are some hints and help.

And for those of us who work at home...

"Elements four, gather 'round this work space of mine, Inspiration and comfort you bring at all times. Bring passion and commitment to the work that I do, Circle about me now with magick so strong and true. By the strength of hearth and home, the spell is spun, As I will, so mote it be and let it harm none"

I swear my desk sighed.

Is this book Paganism 101? no

Is it graduate studies in theology for Pagans? no

Is it a delightful reminder that our Paganism does not start and stop with the Circle or the Coven and we should strive to bring the Goddess into our life everyday? A resounding yes, and fun read.

Next time...Does this make me a fluffy bunny?

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The Matrix And The Golden Dawn

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My entire adult life, I have been haunted by one, solitary, unshakable idea. In fact, this single notion has entirely shaped a spiritual quest that would take me not only to the far corners of the Earth - but lead me on the greatest occult adventure I ever could have imagined, namely that:

"Reality is not what it seems."

I grew up in the 60's - And in the 70's transmuted the 60's Mantra, "Challenge Authority," into my personal prime directive: "Challenge Reality." In fact, this was to later become the fundamental leitmotif of my entire spiritual quest.

Thus my magical career began with a quest to prove that the walls of reality are not at all as solid as they seem. My magic wand, to this end, I consecrated having climbed to the apex, on top of the the Great Pyramid of Egypt. To follow up, I invoked all of the angels of the decans and the quinants at the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.

I spent thousands of dollars constructing my magical implements and even many thousands more chasing the predictible path of total solar eclipses around the world - celebrating one ritual more incredible than the other under the light of precious minutes of solar totality.

To celebrate the first Uranus-Neptune conjunction in history that mankind was conscious of (February 2, 1993) I managed to spend the entire night alone inside the King's chamber of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Although it cost a fortune to bribe the guards, to me it was worth every penny to prove to myself that I could do even this, as reality is not at all what it seems!

The other notion that shaped my spiritual path like no other has been a persistent belief that there is life inside the Sun. As a kid, I was practically weaned on Star Trek, and yet, while everyone else was asking "is there life on other planets," I have always been utterly convinced that there is life INSIDE the Stars.

All of this, of course, eventually led me to the Golden Dawn, and later to a deeper, more occulted, inner school of the Hermetic tradition, where I found notions like the Inner Planes and the Solar Body - that made final sense of the labours of Hercules I had completed along my spiritual quest.

I guess therefore, it should come as a surprise to no one that when "The Matrix" first came out in 1999, the year I wrote the Ritual Magic Manual, and the year of the Reformation of the Alpha et Omega, it quickly became one of my all time favorite films.

I am therefore extremely pleased to read a most wonderful article HERE, written by my talented disciple, GH Frater Sincerus Renatus, about The Matrix and the Golden Dawn. To what Frater S.R. has already said so eloquently, I have but one thing to add:

To all my readers, and to all members of the Golden Dawn everywhere, I invite you to remember:

"There is no spoon!"


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Online Spells Inner Sanctum Initiate

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As an Online Spells Inner Sanctum Initiate, you will hear me speak many times of a Sacred Space where you may conduct your Magickal work and spiritual exercises. Today, Dear Ones, I want to elaborate on this in response to questions posed by our Online Spells Inner Sanctum Initiates.

The 7witches Coven is fortunate in that each of our members has the luxury of a space they can use specifically for Magickal work. In addition to this, we also have our Group Temple. We understand, however, that for many this is not possible. It is far more likely that you will need to designate a smaller area for your work. This is especially true if you share your home with others.

Here are a few suggestions that will help you create a Sacred Space.


A spare bedroom or rather large closet works very well. If you have a spare room which can be locked from within, so much the better. Sometimes the best way to prevent interruptions is to simply tell those in your home that you need some solitude for a time and ask that they not disturb you. It is not necessary to discuss the exact nature of your work; simply explain that you have set aside a time for daily meditation.


This is a wonderful solution for those who do not have a spare room. You can simply convert the nightstand beside your bed into an altar during your Magickal work. When not in use, store your candles, incense and other tools in the drawer of your nightstand. It is a simple matter to quickly set up this type of altar and conduct your meditations and visualizations from your bedroom.


Many Witches prefer to do this as a matter of course; it is a wonderful feeling to practice in a small clearing or garden. You can even become very creative and add flowers, stones, or other natural elements.

The important thing is that you do not allow the absence of a place dedicated solely to the Art to prevent your work. It is very nice to have such a place, but you can develop your spiritual senses anywhere that feels comfortable to you and is removed from the distractions of the mundane world.

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She Has Followed The Wiccan Path

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By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian

KaTerra Hazel is a witch who tries to live by the Wiccan Rule of Three, the idea that all the energy she puts out into the world will return to her three times as strong. In recent weeks, as she's helped pull together Columbia-Willamette Pagan Pride on Sunday, she's sending out a lot of positive energy.

Workshops, vendors and entertainment are falling into place, and she's excited at the prospect of bringing pagans from many different paths to the oak grove that Portlanders think of as Oaks Amusement Park. The day will be an opportunity for pagans to learn more about each other and the spiritual paths they've chosen and, she hopes, a chance for those who are curious about paganism to ask questions.

Her given name is Shannon Flint, but she chose the Wiccan name KaTerra Hazel. Ka is Egyptian for life force energy. Terra refers to the Earth, and hazel is the tree of wisdom, she says. An Oregon native who lives in Gresham, she has followed the Wiccan path since high school, practicing on her own for several years before she joined a coven. She serves on the board of Other Worlds of Wonder, an Oregon nonprofit that sponsors Pagan Pride, a national program, in Portland.

In an interview, she talked about paganism, her own spiritual journey and her hopes for Sunday. Her answers have been edited for space and clarity.


It's an Earth-based and/or polytheistic spiritual reality that predominantly -- but not always - focuses on the goddess, who is known by many names.


There are two ways to practice: in a community or as a solitary path. Some people find a group of like-minded people and join a Wiccan coven or a Druid grove. Shamanism, on the other hand, is pretty solitary. It's also hard to make a count because a lot of people have an underlying belief system, not a daily practice. And pagans don't have a regular, public gathering place here.

Is such a place one of your goals?

Other Worlds of Wonder is a nonprofit group working to create a community space for pagans as a whole. We're looking at the possibility of buying land or finding a structure in town. We're looking for a lasting place, where the community can build energy over time.


A lot of people think pagans are off their rockers. They can't conceive of how we see the grace in nature as equally -- if not more, from a pagan's point of view -- divine as going into a building and looking at an idol. We come from all walks of life. We're nurses, business executives, entrepreneurs and teachers. The hippie chick down the street is not the only pagan out there. In fact, the hippie chick down the street might be a Christian.

Pagan Pride DayPortland Pagan Pride Day organizer KaTerra Hazel talks about the upcoming festival and the pagan religion.Watch video

Pagans, generally, are very well read because we have to do our own research. We don't have someone else telling us what to believe.


I grew up with a non-practicing Catholic mother and a Mormon father. I went to a Baptist church as a child with a neighbor. In high school, I started questioning some things and was exposed to New Age thought. I wanted to find out what it was that resonated within me. I researched different Christian paths -- I didn't look into Judaism or Islam; I didn't feel pulled that way. I was pulled toward feminine spirituality. At first, most of what I found was negative. But later I found books on Wicca in a women's bookstore. At that time, Powell's only had one small shelf of books on Wicca; today there are several rows. I spent about 10 years as a solitary witch and later joined a coven.


Sometimes it's like looking at the same thing from different angles. For example, the Eight Words of the Wiccan Rede, "An it harm none, do as thou wilt," are similar to some of the Ten Commandments.


We'd like to open up communications among our pagan community and to allow people who are not pagans to see us and understand that we are not devil worshipers. We are moral, ethical and spiritual people who love our Mother. As far as pagans are concerned, Satan is a Christian idea, and satanists are not pagan.

But charity is part of the pagan path. We'll be accepting donations for Esther's Pantry, a food pantry for people with HIV/AIDS who have special diet needs, and for the Pongo Fund, which provides food for the pets of homeless and low income people. We'll collect magical items for soldiers serving overseas -- brass bells, white candles, books on paganism -- and donations for Other Worlds of Wonder.

-- Nancy Haught

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The Equinox

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Book: The Equinox by Aleister Crowley

The Equinox (subtitle: The Review of Scientific Illuminism) is a series of publications in book form that serves as the official organ of the A.·.A.·., the mystical order of Aleister Crowley (although material is often of import to its sister organization, Ordo Templi Orientis). Begun in 1909, it remains one of the definitive works on occultism and magick, while several issues also contain poetry, fiction, plays, artwork, and biographies. The last issue was published in 1998, although two new editions are currently being prepared for publication.

WITH the publication of this REVIEW begins a completely new adventure in the history of mankind. Whatever knowledge may previously have been imputed to men, it has always been fenced in with conditions and restrictions. The time has come to speak plainly, and so far as may be in the language of the multitude.

Thus, the Brothers of the A. A. announce themselves without miracle or mystery. It is easy for every charlatan to perform wonders, to bewilder and even to deceive not only fools but all persons, however shrewd, untrained in observation; nor does the trained observed always succeed instantly in detecting the fraud. Again, what the A. A. propose to do is to enable such men as are capable of advancement to a higher interpretation of manhood to do so; and the proof of their ability lies in their success, and not in any other irrelevant phenomenon. The argument from miracles is a non sequitur.

Nor is there anything mysterious in the A. A.; one must not confuse the mysterious with the unknown. Some of the contents of this REVIEW may be difficult or impossible to understand at first, but only in the sense that Homer is unintelligible to a person ignorant of Greek.

Find Aleister Crowley's book in
The Equinox

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Alpha Et Omega Ascending On The Wings Of Maat

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HOGD, AO, 33

Regular readers will recall how, in 2002, I was contacted for the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega by Frater Lux E Tenebris, a representative of the millennia old, Continental European Hermetic and Rosicrucian Internal College that S.L. MacGregor Mathers called the "Secret Chiefs of the Third Order."

History will prove what a great boon this event in reality has been for the Golden Dawn community. Already in 2002, the Secret Chiefs transmitted the A.O. the initiation rituals and initially teachings intended since 1888 for the Third Order of the Golden Dawn.

The Secret Chiefs this year opened the flood gates wide, transmitting vast amounts of additional Hermetic and Rosicrucian magical teachings and systems to the Alpha Omega, to replace the material profaned through publication by misguided Golden Dawn Adepts.

The Third Order chose the Alpha et Omega as a a gesture of recognition of the magical genius and greatness of the founder of our order, S.L. Macgregor Mathers. Although the Secret Chiefs have not always been pleased with Mathers, it was he who, after all, was the primary contact with Them for the Golden Dawn since the beginning.

Alpha Omega Founder, S.L. MacGregor Mathers

Having been chosen by the Secret Chiefs to serve as Mathers' successor as the primary contact with Them for the Golden Dawn is a great honor, but it has also been a terrible burden. Such a heavy cross must be borne, however, by all so chosen for such a role.

As Archon Basileus of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, I have been attacked nearly non-stop for the entire decade since the Secret Chiefs sent Frater Lux E Tenebris to meet with me in Paris. The A.O. as well has been sued, misrepresented, and defamed constantly on the Internet. Our sacred initiation rituals and early documents have been published. I have been personally called a lier and a fraud. My predecessor, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, has been called a madman. Not even Secret Chiefs have escaped the disparagement of misguided individuals. They themselves have been branded as mere figments of Mathers' imagination.

Clearly there are Counter-Initiatic Forces at play, attempting to hinder the Alpha et Omega from playing its destined role to aid mankind in its spiritual development in the new Millennium.

Sadly, leaders of several Golden Dawn orders have rejected the new infusion of Spirit bestowed on the Golden Dawn community by the Secret Chiefs. Instead, they have chosen to oppose the Secret Chiefs and ally themselves instead with the unbalanced magical forces seeking to hinder the Alpha et Omega and its its mission.

For years, they have attacked me online, accusing me of lying about the Secret Chiefs and many other things. They have ignored all proof we have offered, and continued relentless attacks against the A.O. They have spat on our offer to share advanced Golden Dawn magic and teachings with Adepts from across the Golden Dawn community. They have even threatened their Adepts with expulsion should they attend our International Conclave of Golden Dawn Adepti March 9-19, 2012 or even should they take part in the advanced magical teachings and practices.

Having consulted at length with the Third Order about the constant distraction and drain on my energy created by these incessant attacks, I have decided to take definitive magical action to restore balance once and for all.

An Invocation of Ma'at

"I invoke you, oh Ma'at! And call out to you to restore Truth, Order, and Righteousness to the Golden Dawn."
"I invoke you, Oh Lady of the Balance in the Hall of Twin Truths."
"I offer my heart up on your scale, oh Ma'at, that should I be found lacking, you may render judgement upon me, so that balance may be restored."
"Yet should my heart be true, and as light as a feather, may you subdue and vanquish the unbalanced forces seeking to prevent the Alpha et Omega from exalting the consciousness of those who seek true enlightenment."
"I invoke you, oh Lady of Righteousness, that Truth, Balance and Order may be restored."
"I invoke you, Oh Lady of the Scales! Oh Goddess hidden at the center of our Temple in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn."
"I invoke you, oh Ma'at, and I bring the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega under the protection of your Divine wings."
"May Ma'at be restored, our order protected from those who unjustly attack it, and may Ma'at vanquish the Unbalanced Forces."


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Thelemic Saints Mary Desti Sturges

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Mary D'Esti Sturges, or Soror Virakam, was the second of eleven Scarlet Women. The photo above depicts her around the time that she knew Aleister Crowley.

Virakam -- who certainly resembled Rose Kelly, the woman she succeeded as Scarlet Woman -- assisted Crowley in establishing the magical link with the praeterhuman minds that inspired him with one of his greatest works, "Book 4", or" Liber ABA". Her ability as a seer was great; a record of her oracular talent can be found in "The Ab-ul-Diz Working".

She was born on October 10th, 1871 E.V., in Quebec, Canada. She owned a cosmetics firm called Desti Beauty Products and she also owned a New York City studio that sold art, perfume and clothing. And she was a close friend of the dancer, Isadora Duncan, and authored her biography, entitled "The Untold Story: the Life of Isadora Duncan".

She was also the mother of Preston Sturges -- to whom Crowley referred as "The Brat" -- who went on to become a famous Hollywood director. As a child, Preston disliked Crowley for his bizarre appearance and unusual activities. Later in life he was quoted as saying: "I realize my mother and I were lucky to escape with our lives. If I had been a little older, he might not have escaped with his." Which only demonstrates his complete ignorance of the man he loathed.

Mary died in New York City on April 12th, 1931 E.V.

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The Mass Of The Phoenix

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Book: The Mass Of The Phoenix by Aleister Crowley

The Mass of the Phoenix is a single person ritual within Thelema, a philsophy and religion created and organized by author and occultist Aleister Crowley. The Mass was first printed as Chapter 44 in Crowley's The Book of Lies, published in 1913. Among the several objects used in the ceremony are a bell and two of Crowley's Cakes of Light, a small, flat wafer made from honey, oil, and particular bodily fluids. The wafers are slightly dabbed in the blood from a small cut the person makes on themselves during the ritual.

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Thelema Want Vs Need

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A lot of people have some strange ideas about magick. One of the most common ideas is that magick is a way of getting what you want. In a way that's true; casting a spell is an act of determining a goal, focusing your intent, and then throwing that intent out into the world to manifest itself. Yes, you can use magick to help you get what you want, but in my experience "want" is only half the picture.

My path is a rough one and my Goddess is harsh - she frowns on wasting magick on the superfluous. Does that mean I don't do magick to help me find a parking spot downtown? Hell no. I do plenty of frivolous magick, but I'm not going to bother my Goddess with it. When I do little spells to make my life easier I use my personal energy and the energy of the world around me. Sometimes these spells work and sometimes they don't; it depends on what other energies my will has to overcome, how focused my energies were, etc. When I want something but don't really need it I'm on my own for making it happen.

When I really need something - that's a different story entirely. When I have a genuine need I can ask my Goddess to give me a boost that almost always guarantees success. The tricky part is knowing what you really need in order to ask for it. For example, I was unemployed for over a year when I got out of law school and I desperately needed a job. Unfortunately, I graduated a year into the recession and jobs were thin on the ground for even the best students (which I was not). If ever there was a time that I needed every iota of energy on my side at was during that job hunt, so I did several spells to help me find employment. At first I did spells to help me find "the perfect job," the job that would pay my bills, make me feel good about myself, have a positive work environment, and have room to grow. This was what I wanted, but who actually manages to find a job like that right out of school with no experience. Unsurprisingly, those first spells didn't work too well. Then I started doing spells to help me find a "decent" associate position that would pay my bills and at least offer some challenges day to day. If those jobs were out these, they didn't find me. Finally, I just did a spell to find any job that would keep me from defaulting on my student loans and credit card bills, whether it was an attorney job or not. I got a job within a week. What I "needed" was to learn to swallow my pride and take what was actually available. Magick done to fill a need is the most potent magick anyone can do.

How do you know what you really need? The best way I've ever found to identify what you really need is the mediator's trick of asking why. Think of something you want, now ask yourself why you want it, then ask yourself why you want that reason, do this over and over until you finally find the real reason for your desire - that's the need, and if it's not a need then you probably shouldn't be doing magick for it. For example, I want an iPhone, why? - they're cool, why do I want something cool? - it's fun and would make me feel less behind the times, why is that important? - it gives me self-esteem, why do I want that? - self-esteem feels good, so what I want is to feel good. Do I "need" an iPhone to feel good, no - so no iPhone spell. However, I can do a spell to help me to know what I need to do so that I can feel proud of myself and have better self-esteem and then do it. Could that kind of spell lead to an iPhone, possibly, but it will likely lead to something much better than a nifty toy that will be obsolete in a year.

Doing magick for what you need, rather than just to do or get the things that you think might fill your needs is both more effective and can open you to possibilities that you'd never thought of. There is one caveat to doing this sort of magick: occasionally, what you really need is a swift kick in the ass. Is it what you want? No. Will you probably be better off for it? Yes. Be open to what you really need and your magick will help you more than you can imagine, just accept that what you need isn't always what you want.

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