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Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Consent in Thelema

Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, and Consent in Thelema

by Fr. Enatheleme Aleister Crowley did and said many things relating to his personal life and interests that are not Thelemic. His misogyny is a good example of this: in his diaries and personal reflections you can find pages and pages of hostility towards women, but the Thelemic literature is consistently

Laborare est Orare: The Prayer of Labor

Laborare est Orare: The Prayer of Labor

 by Frater Enatheleme Note: This essay was originally written in Anno Legis IV:xv, and published first published in Lion & Serpent 12, No. 1. It has been revised and expanded for the broader audience and context of Thelemic Union, in celebration of Labor Day in the U.S., Anno Legis V:iv. Mother of fertility on

The Case Against Trump Supporters in the OTO

The Case Against Trump Supporters in the OTO

by IAO131 Recent debates about racism and sexual harassment have sparked a lot of conflict in the OTO and in occult circles in general. One trend that has been emerging lately is a far-right element in society in general, and occult circles in the microcosm, of more vocally defending neo-Nazis (as

5 Things To Expect After Leaving O.T.O.

5 Things To Expect After Leaving O.T.O.

by Tau Meithras Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Disclaimer: this article could be titled “5 Things To Expect After Leaving The Golden Dawn”, especially the David Griffin variation. Or “5 Things To Expect After Leaving Asatru”. Some, if not all, the reasons behind the decision of writing

Sabazius X° Encourages Listening to Abuse Victims

by Fr. Enatheleme On July 23, 2018, U.S. Grand Lodge National Grand Master Sabazius X° made a public post in which he admonished officers of U.S.G.L. not to attack victims of abuse, nor even to act in a way that causes a perception of such an attack. In doing so, he

Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness: Women and the O.T.O.

Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness: Women and the O.T.O.

by Sister Georgia Above the antique mantel was displayed As though a window gave upon the sylvan scene The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale Filled all the desert with inviolable voice And still she cried, and still the world pursues, “Jug Jug” to dirty ears. —T.S. Eliot’s The Waste

Academia and the OTO: A Review of the AOTO Conference

Academia and the OTO: A Review of the AOTO Conference

by Sister Georgia The academic study of esotericism has had a difficult history, and it only exists in its current form due to the tireless efforts of Dr Wouter Haanegraff. Part of the process by which it became an acceptable part of the academy was by drawing a clear line between

Sexual Harassment in OTO: Confronting the Issue

Sexual Harassment in OTO: Confronting the Issue

by Brandy Williams We of Thelema say that 'Every man and every woman is a star.' We do not fool and flatter women; we do not despise and abuse them. To us a woman is Herself, absolute, original, independent, free, self-justified, exactly as a man is. Commentary to The Book of the

Addressing Harassment in Ordo Templi Orientis

Addressing Harassment in Ordo Templi Orientis

by Brandy Williams O.T.O. US Grand Lodge Policy states: It is no secret that Aleister Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups. We make no attempt here to justify or explain away those statements. They are what they are, and

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