Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass by Michael Effertz, previously privately printed and selectively distributed, has been released in a new limited number of two editions by Luxor Media Group, and made available through Weiser Antiquarian. This run is limited to a total of 220 numbered copies, the first 31 are deluxe, red-bound in a matching slip cover with gilt Pan design, and the remaining 189 copies, numbered 32 – 220, are a blue-bound trade edition. It appears that the deluxe edition is already sold out, and only the trade edition remains available. All deluxe and the first 100 trade volumes are accompanied by The Argument That Took the Wrong Turning: A Vindication of Priest/ess and Queer Gnostic Mass in Reply to T Polyphilus, a subsequent and supplemental pamphlet by the author.
“A thoughtful and well documented argument for the reformation of O.T.O. policy so as to facilitate queer celebrations of the Gnostic Mass of the E.C.G. From the publisher ‘Priest/ess harkens back to the ‘mirrors for princes’ literary tradition and offers in-depth philosophical, magical, sociological and historical analyses of gender roles in the central ceremony of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) with an aim toward motivating the reformation of O.T.O. policy to openly embrace queer celebrations of the Gnostic Mass. … In addition to a series of original essays, Priest/ess includes a robust and suggestive collection of citations from the source material, including the diaries of Aleister Crowley and the writings of Sabazius, current National Grand Master General of United States Grand Lodge O.T.O. While Priest/ess directly addresses the O.T.O., its peerlesss exploration of gender and sexuality in the Gnostic Mass specifically and Thelema generally makes it an item of interest for Thelemites worldwide.’ ‘Priest/ess’ was first produced in an edition of only 44 copies for private circualtion, this is the first publically available edition.” [via]