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To Perfect This Feast

To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on The Gnostic Mass by James and Nancy Wasserman will be available in October, 2013, in a further revised third, and they say final, edition.

James and Nancy Wasserman's To Perfect This Feast 3rd edition

“The Gnostic Mass is a hymn to the wedding of scientific truth and religious aspiration. It offers a truly modern spirituality. The celebrant is encouraged to leave superstition and dogma behind and join in an ecstatic tribute to the glorious nature of reality. Aleister Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass in 1913. He described it as the central ritual—public and private—of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). Today it is being performed on a regular basis throughout the world.

The authors of this performance guide to the Mass are both longtime O.T.O. members and consecrated bishops of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.). They share between them over half a century of diligent practice and training with this rite. Their devotion has been rewarded with long-sought-after insights into its complex choreography.

The detailed instructions presented here not only provide missing keys to the geometrical puzzle of the Mass, but offer a wider window into the workings of magical ritual. This book will thus be of value to spiritual aspirants, as well as to scholars and students of ancient myth, modern religious movements, and contemporary Gnosticism. The authors believe the Gnostic Mass to be a doorway into the highest realms of spiritual development and make a compelling case for that assertion.

In addition to a detailed commentary, they offer a corrected, uninterrupted Mass Missal suitable for use by individuals and groups interested in working with the ritual, along with valuable insights into magical ceremonies in general, and the Gnostic Mass in particular.

From the new edition:

‘The primary insight we received that prompted the first edition of this book in 2009 e.v. began in December 2005. It is described in the Commentary to Section VI, starting on page 93. It perfectly resolved the mathematical imbalance that had troubled me for over two and a half decades. We were humbled and felt compelled to share it with the wider Thelemic community. We then worked diligently to solve some of the other performance puzzles of which we were aware in Crowley’s stage directions. That quest led us through two previous editions of this book.

“We feel we have here solved problems that remained in our understanding of the choreography of the children and Deacon in Sections III, IV, and elsewhere. We noted the occurrence of two additional ‘X-switches’ during a training session conducted in 2012 e.v. They are mentioned on pages 94 and 102. We have refined and explained our version of the Communion in Section VIII better than ever before. We ‘road-tested’ this text twice with a group of five officers who had never done the Mass (three were not even O.T.O. members). That led to several important improvements in the instructions, and to the creation of the Temple diagram on page 52. We hope Mass teams will find the checklist useful on pages 125–127. There are another myriad of minor changes and refinements throughout.'” [via]

Gnostic Mass Video Project

You may be interested in this Gnostic Mass Video Project by Anahata Chapter of the O.T.O. Rose Croix in Seattle, WA to raise funds for a full-length, high-quality video celebration of Aleister Crowley‘s Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass. The video is being produced by Jon Sewell, of Eleusyve Productions, and, among others, will have the participation of Hermetic Library anthology artist David Shoemaker and fellow Sabazius.

“Anahata Chapter of the O.T.O. Rose Croix, with the sanction of the United States Grand Lodge, O.T.O., is proud to sponsor the making of a professionally produced, high quality video of Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass.

When completed, this video of Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass, will serve multiple purposes. It will be a US Grand Lodge-sanctioned representation of the central ritual of the O.T.O. for reference and teaching purposes all over the United States.

It will serve as an historic document of the celebration of the Gnostic Mass in the early years of the 21st Century and, it will serve as a worthy introduction and provide continuing access to the Magick and mystery of the O.T.O., even in areas of the country and the world where there is not a local O.T.O. body immediately accessible.

We believe the staging and content of this video presentation will be of great interest and value to both O.T.O. Initiates as well as those interested in Magick, Thelema, and Western Esotericism, and we invite all interested people to support the completion of this project by contributing through this Indiegogo page!” [via]

Priest/ess

Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass by Michael Effertz, which was privately printed and circulated, has arrived at the library courtesy of the author. A trade paperback edition is in preparation and planned to be available in this Spring.

Michael Effertz's Priest/ess

 

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Black Magic is Not a Myth in Articles by Aleister Crowley.

“‘Why was he thrown out of both those countries?’ they ask.

The explanation of why I left is quite simple and unsensational. I took a villa at Cefalu in Sicily for work and play. We began the day with family prayers; we occasionally celebrated a semi-religious ceremony known as the Gnostic Mass.

Several people who were my guests at the ‘abbey’ made imaginative copy out of their visits.” [via, also], [see]

Path of Initiation

 

Path of Initiation
(SickTanicK)

From the bowels of hell and back, SickTanicK takes you on a ride you’ll never forget. Since in 2005, artist and producer SickTanicK has professionally mastered, replicated, released and distributed his own music on the internationally recognized independent record label Serial Killin Records, of which he also owns.

Digitally, he is on the top digital store fronts in the business where his music is continuously purchased by people that love this type of music. He calls his music “Occult Rap” which is a mixture of Rap, Industrial & Electronic & Heavy Metal that is lyrically influenced by the esoteric tradition.

He, along with his label, have toured on a national basis and sell on an international level and have also been featured in numerous blogs and magazines from Maxim, Fangoria & Horror Hound, to The Washington Post, Culture Asylum Magazine and many more.

For more information on SickTanicK & Serial Killin Records visit the following websites

skrwillrise.com
theskrstore.com
thesickbeats.com
facebook.com/serialkillinrecords
twitter.com/sicktanick
twitter.com/skrwillrise666

For booking and production information contact:

sicktanick@thesickbeats.com

 

“My blood boils with rage it burns slow like sage and with every song i write
I fill up another page in this grand grimoire you can open doors mentally
Let my words sink into your pores and into your mind you’ll never know
What you’ll find these premonitions or more than a simple sign its more
Deep than mankind more deep than a false savior more deep than the hands
Of time it’s like every word i say is a part of this puzzle don’t be mistaken
The answers is forever shuffled within the artwork tracks and numbers
This is initiation for it you must suffer take my hand let me lead you straight
Into the fire you bought the record so it must be what you desire i am the
Prophet speaking to my congregation disciples now prepare for the path
Of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

So you say that you want to be your own god (yes) do you accept these
Words as your one law (yes) so mode it be love is the law love under will
Follow the steps your desires will be fulfilled never put any god before yourself
Reject the lies put religion back on the shelf and let go of your false
Hopes and all fear without death there’s no reason for being here
Death is certain but life is not so you got to live life like your digging your own
Plot bury yourself with knowledge and power become a Therion cause a Therion
Devours everything in its path do the math for addition to anything in life
You must subtract i am the priest speaking to my congregation disciples
Now prepare for the path of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

Stand tall like an obelisk place your hand on your chest with your left let it be
Expressed to the east draw the pentagram repeat on all four sides and accept
That you reject the lamb six candles five black and one white to become a part
Of darkness you got to understand the light then meditate for as long as it takes
And let go of everything you know and mentally masticate once you reach your
Peak stand up on your feet and decree

There is no god above me there is no god below me BABALON is my mother
And she loves me

A true gift of every sin where the next path starts the old one ends yeah
I am the priest speaking to my congregation disciples take heed to this path
Of initiation

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination

This is the path of initiation the cycle of death brings forth creation
You must die for illumination divination is your destination”

 

Excerpt from “The Pentagram” by Aleister Crowley

“In the years of the Primal Course, in the dawn of terrestrial birth, Man Mastered the mammoth and horse, and Man was the lord of the earth.

He made him a hollow skin from the heart of a holy tree …”

 

“The Sun” from V: OF THE OFFICE OF THE COLLECTS WHICH ARE ELEVEN IN NUMBER, Liber XV, book 15, Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ by Aleister Crowley

“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 for ever.

So mote it be.”

 

 

The full track list for this inaugural anthology album consists of 15 tracks by 15 artists, 66 minutes of fantastic music:

  1. Kim Cascone – Black Flame
  2. David Shoemaker – In Space, There Might Be North
  3. Mahatma Dalí – Whence Came You
  4. Alka – Nether
  5. Last Three Lives – Memory
  6. Crossways – Invocation of the Kundalini
  7. Ego and the Ids – Post-Apocalyptic Ho-down
  8. The Moon is a Spaceship – Sweet Revenge of the River Bollo (Part 2)
  9. The Contrarian – The Magician
  10. NVSBL – NVSBL
  11. Whip Angels – Hermes
  12. Pandemonaeon – Heart Girt With A Serpent
  13. yzzy☥kyzy – 93
  14. SickTanicK – Path of Initiation
  15. J Simpson – Strange Angels

 

The Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com has an overall vision of Archiving, Engaging and Encouraging the living Western Esoteric Tradition. This is an anthology album of tracks by artists inspired by or who incorporate ritual and magick in their work. This anthology album will help promote artists to the audience of the Hermetic Library and beyond. It will also further raise awareness about the connection between magick, music, and ritual.

Over the last year, as a project of the library, I have created a group at SoundCloud, the Hermetic Library audio pool, for tracks and artists inspired by or manifesting the Western Esoteric Tradition. With this group I’ve been working to raise awareness that music and performance can be a form of ritual and magick. This has been a space for artists to share their music and other audio, as well as connecting artists who feel drawn to these topics and ideas, or, especially, incorporate and manifest ritual and magick in their works with other artists and a larger audience.

I encourage you to check out the Hermetic Library at Hermetic.com, if you aren’t already familiar with it, as that’s the reason this project exists and may also offer inspiration to you. The site was started in 1996 and has ever since consistently been an extremely popular resource for students and researchers interested in the Western Esoteric Tradition. You may also wish to check out other posts at the Hermetic Library blog and the Twitter and Facebook reflections to see how the library engages people in a living Western Esoteric Tradition.

Please join the Hermetic Library in promoting these artists who have contributed their work to this benefit anthology album project. All proceeds from album sales will support the library to help cover hosting costs and other expenses like materials acquisitions.

Additionally, this album is being released on the birthday of hermetic.com which was Dec 3, 1996. This release date marks the Hermetic Library’s 15th year in existence.

Hermetic Library
Hermetic Library blog
Hermetic Library audio pool

On the Formula of the Gnostic Mass (concerning the Children) by Soror Matheis and Frater Jones

“Where then are the remaining Sephiroth of these pillars? How are they and their functions represented in the Mass? Did Crowley just leave them out? We propose that the answers to these questions lie in the offices of the Children” [via]

On the Bloody Eucharist. David Richard Jones aka T Satanas.

“Thus does life both rise from the ashes and feed her young.” [via]

EGC Lecture

There is an extensive historically interesting playlist of 34 videos with Sabazius X, recorded in 1995, described as:

“A Gnostic Mass lecture and step-by-step walkthrough by Fra.Sabazius. Very detailed 3.5hrs. Some information may be out of date, but this is a treasure trove for “Priests and Priestesses” who are out on their own. Everything from Priestess modesty issues to alcohol and AIDS. Exhaustive.”

This was posted by Aleister Crowley Oasis Ritual Videos Archive as part of what appears to be an effort to preserve contents from a deteriorating video library.

You may also be interested in these:

For the full playlist, head to EGC Lecture – Fra.Sabazius, X’ OTO