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ÐÔNews From The Camp...............................................1
On The Cover.....................................................2
The Campmaster Speaks!...........................................2
The Rising of the Sun............................................3
A View of Magick Using Quantum Mechanics.........................3
The Goals of Xanadu Camp.........................................5
The Herbal Corner................................................5
The Present Moment...............................................7
Liberation From The Old Aeon.....................................7
From The Diaries of Frater Mansabath.............................8
A Study From Nature..............................................9
What Is The O.T.O.?..............................................9
Famous Last Words of Magickians.................................10
Publications Recieved This Month At Xanadu Camp.................10
ÐÔÁÁ food item) it should hopefully make the timemuch more pleasing. This way we not only satisfy the hunger of themind and the soul, but of the body!
ÁÁÁ. Every bit of input from you counts! If youdon't like something or would like to see something done, let usknow! We don't bite (well, most of the time).
Frater O.A., Editor
Frater Mansabath 555
P.O. Box 13431Ô
ÐÔI grope along this beach in darkness,
Akin to a man bestruck with blindness.
I shake and shiver amidst the cold,
And watch the gloom turn new to old.
My soul screams out in plight and dread,
And wonders if all is really dead.
My mind crumbles amidst the thunders
Of a million phantoms ranting of wonders.
I wonder if all I behold is true;
If this darkness is real that no light can shine through.
I wonder if some light may pierce through this gloom,
And save me, this day, from the depths of doom.
Is all I behold and all I see
Merely but one big reflection of me?
Is there truth to those words echoed once long ago:
"As it is above, so be it below?"
As if in an answer to my weary mind,
There appears on the horizon a vision of some kind.
A glimmer of hope, as sweet as a chime,
Bearing the mystery of light so sublime.
At first but a glimmer, a luminous sheen,
Breaks forth the aurora, splendid and keen.
Slowly it grows in majesty and size,
Shedding forth light to the darkness of my eyes.
Then appears the orb, majestic and austere,
That godly being and luminous sphere.
My heart thrills as my soul soars,
A glorious triumph, opening all doors.
At last the Golden Dawn has appeared;
LVX has shown forth to those who have dared.
The spirit of man is enlightened with love,
As the snow white dove descends from above.
ÐÔI see, in the early morning,
The vanishing stars of night,
And the pale moon's latest glimmer
Slow fading away from sight.
I hear, as my eyes drop downward
On the busy world below,
Its ceaseless noise and confusion,
Its hurrying to and fro.
But up and away above me
There stretches an endless plain,
Where never a green grass groweth,
Nor billowy fields of grain.
But over its vast expanses
Are thousands of stately halls;
Still the hands of invisible spirits
Are piling their lofty walls.
No sound of hammer of chisel
Awakens the dreaming air;
But silently, swiftly, and surely
Are rising those castles fair;
And the mystic, unseen builders
Sweep by like a summer breeze;Ô Scarce heard in the song of trees.
There are lordly halls of marble,
Snowy, and pure, and cold,
Clear cut on the sapphire heaven
Things of unearthly mould.
There are many©turreted towers,
Gloomy, and dark, and gray,
Casting their grand, dim shadows
Over the light of day.
There are gorgeous domes of the Orient,
Glittering with spires of gold,
Fretted, and carved, and sparkling
With jewels most bright and cold.
There are pale and moonlit columns,
Gleaming with crystal light,
Pearly and slender pillars,
Ending above our sight.
There are proud and solemn temples,
With altars, and choirs, and naves;
And flows through their rainbowed windows
The daylight in brilliant waves.
And flooded with crimson glory,
The sunset's lurid fire,
Slowly each beautiful temple
Rises higher and higher.
Slowly the flames of sunset
Flicker, and flash, and wane;
Slowly the raven darkness
Broods o'er the world again.
Temples, and towers, and columns
Fade in the twilight mist
The splendor of arch and window,
Of topaz and amethyst.
Oh dreamer of earth! are you rearing
An edifice grand and fair?
Are you one of the spirit builders
Of castles in the air?
And ah! have you seen, as I have,
The beautiful fabrics fade?
And buried in deepest midnight
Even the ruins laid?
What if dreams were foolish?
What if they proved untrue?
Is there nothing in earth or heaven
But simply to be and do;
Cherish those thoughts of beauty,ÔTill, reaching their heaven©wreathed summits,
The wishes of earth expire.
Till up by the mystic river,
And bathed by its silver tide,
For evermore true and eternal
They stand in their glorious pride
No longer a dream©built cloud©house,
A palace so frail and fair,
But one of the mansions of the heavens,
So wonderful and grand, is there.
Contributed by Frater Tam
ÐÔÁÁ This will hopefully open up newavenues of information to those who are seeking it.
ÐÔI look around at what I see,
And cannot hold my laughter in,
When I see them run so foolishly
From what they label crime and sin.
I wonder why they toil and suffer
In bondage and restriction,
Making their lives only rougher,
And withholding every passion.
We're the only animal that's left the path
From Nature's beautiful way.
If we could set our feet back on that path,
We'd fulfill ourselves in every way.
ÐÔÁnd disinfects the spot. Propolisis a complex series of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and acombination of flavonoids, which act as cell building material inthe human body. Propolis can be chewed like gum right from the hiveor it can be made into a liquid for drinking. People should chewabout a piece the size of a kernel of corn whenever they feel acold coming on or a sore throat starting. After awhile your salivamay sting a little as the propils causes your saliva to distributethe anti©bacterial chemicals in your mouth. Take the piece ofproplis out for about a half an hour and then return it back again.Chew it till it disappears and swallow the rest. A book that I canrecommend that explains all the wonderful properties of thissubstance is called "Proplis © The Natural Antibiotic," by RayHill. As a note, proplis is very sticky and will stick to yourteeth easily and can be a bit annoying to chew. Your best bet is tosuck it and push it against the top of your mouth to soften it. Itwill most certainly give your mouth a workout, but it is well worthit to feel better.
ÁÁome to Siberian Ginseng. This wellknown herb is not the one that most people are familiar with, buta distant cousin of it. The active chemical in this root is calledeleuthweosides. This chemical helps normalize blood pressure andhelp relieve the body of mental and physical stress. This herb alsoseems to help lower cholesterol levels. It comes from the upperreaches of Siberia, where it is commonly used by Russian athletesto increase their stamina. Continuing on we next have the herb GotuKola. This Indian herb is used as a circulatory improver. It seemsto increase blood flow through the body by strengthening the veinsand arteries. Also, some claims have been made that it can improvememory and brain functions. The next herb we have is the Orientalherb called Fo©Ti or sometimes called Ho Shou Wu. This herb is usedas a rejuvenating tonic that can help keep a person strong andactive. It is believed to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressureand strengthen the heart. It also is reported that it can preventgray hair and promote fertility in both sexes. The next herb tolook at is Rosemary. This herb has been called through the years amemory sharpener. Also it is used to treat headaches, especiallymigraines. Sipped as a tea by itself it is good for tensionheadaches. And lastly the herb Skullcap. This herb is commonly usedto relieve stress in the body and mind. It is also commonly used torelieve menstrual cramps and muscle pain.
ÐÔI feel like dancing
Through my central
I feel like swimming
Through my bloodstream
I feel like
An insect at night
And attracted by light
I feel like turning
Water into wine
For my own personal use
I feel like drowning
I feel like sightseeing
Through every inch
Of unused brain
The pleasure centers
And those of pain
I feel like feeling
I feel like drowning
I feel like cutting
I feel like dying
From Autobiography Of My Alter Ego
ÐÔAll my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone;
Like transitory dreams given o'er,
Whose images are kept in store
By memory alone.
The time that is to come, is not;
How, then, can it be mine?
The present moment's all my lot,
And that, as fast as it is got,
Tam is only thine.
Then talk not of inconstancy,
False hearts, and broken vows;ÔThis live©long minute true to thee,
"Tis all that she allows!
Contributed by Frater Tam
ÐÔÁÁ our life here should belikened to a kiss with god © the ultimate ecstasy © a union ofequal and opposite ideas.
ÁÔÁthose who intend onspecializing in a related field, but to those who aren't, why wastethe time with useless information? Why not spend that time teachingthem more information related to their field? For instance, as faras history is concerned, it can be quite interesting. But, the vastamount of dates and facts and names are not going to serve theaverage person one bit of use in their life unless they be sofortunate to become a contestant in a game show! The essence ofhistory lies in the lessons to be learned from the events of thepast, not in the dates and names of the people who were there.
Á the roles! He must get in touch personallywith his godhead!
ÐÔCuriosities in our Drawer
A cog from the wheel of fortune.
A nail from the finger of scorn
Some of the change that the moon makes.
The key to the trunk of an elephant.
A feather from a tale of sorrow.
A telescopic view from the heights of presumption.
A nerve from the elbow of a stove©pipe.
A fish caught in the gulf of oblivion.
A finger from the hand of oppression.
A piece of the reins of government.
A file to sharpen the appetite with.
A reed from the organ of self©esteem.
Side combs from the horn of plenty.
Contributed by Frater Tam
ÐÔThe Vision of the Nemph Sigil
ÐÔThe robin plucks the berry red,
And tastes its spicy flavor
The dainty bee the flowers woo
And sips its honeyed favor.
T'is Nature's universal law
Her sweets should not be wasted.
If fruit and flower a lover find,
Should ripe lips pout untasted?
Contributed by Frater Tam
ÐÔ For those of you buying this magazine and are not familiarwith the OTO or and of its functions, I have included here anextrapolation of a letter I received from the OTO.
The O.T.O. is an international Thelemic Organization foundedaround the 1900 by Dr Karl Kellner and Mr Reuss. Around the 1920'sAleister Crowley became the Outer Head of Order. The presentCaliph, known has Hymenaeus Beta, who was elected in September of1985 e.v. The new Caliph wishes to have his personal name keptprivate. We hold papers of direct and unbroken continuity in thedirection of O.T.O. from the hand of Aleister Crowley, and we havebeen judged to be the genuine O.T.O. of Aleister Crowley by U.S.Federal Court.Ô 1. "Liber AL, The Book of the Law."
2. The absorption of the Gnostic Catholic Church into the Orderin the 1920's by the hand of "Papus".
In other aspects we are a mystical and Magical fraternity.Membership in O.T.O. is private in the sense that names andaddresses are not released to anyone, including O.T.O. officerslacking a need to know. We are a teaching order; we offer classesand publications to our members, and to a lesser extent to theGeneral Public. The availablites of these materials depends on thelocation, and some of our Lodges, Oases and Camps are bvetter ableto provide instruction than others. Some instruction is availablethrough direct correspondence, but we don't have enough volunteersto provide it often. We do not offer correspondence courses attime. To the limit of time and resources, Grand Lodge will be happyto asnwer historical questions about the Order and questions onMagick, Tarot, Qabalah and similar subjects.
The Order publishes a number of periodicals, three from GrandLodge, amnd others from individual Lodges, Oases and Camps. "TheMagical Link" is a quaterly publication, which is for members onlyand has no sunscription. It is free as part of membership in theOrder and focuses mainly on current O.T.O. events. The "Oriflamme"is longer than the "Link", a journal style publication withatricles and studies, and it does have public sales. The"Oriflamme" is also a free part of membership, and the first issuecame out in March of 1990 e.v. The Oriflamme is not published everyyear, but all members receive it when it does come out. To becomean Associate Member of the O.T.O., the dues are US $10.00 per year,payable to the Grand Lodge (we at Xanadu Camp can provide you withthe address) To become a Minerval Initiate there is a fee of $20.00for the cost of the iniastion and feast $20.00 for a year's dues,this payable only at the place of iniation. Initiation must be ina physical ceremony by a proper iniator, duly credentialed.Associate membership can be a corresponmdence matter. Passageupward in the Degress of O.T.O. towards the IVth Degree is usuallya matter of years. Degrees above IVth are by invitation only, anddues and fees incrase with inistion after Ist Degree. The annualdues above VTH Degree are limited to no less than $150 or 1.5% ofincome, up to the ceiling dues assessment.
In some locations, it may be possible to take advancement fromMinerval to Ist Degree immediately, but this is not alwaysadvisable. If a newly initiated Minerval member is interested inquickly going on to Ist Degree, the initiaor should be asked aboutit and any reason for or against it. What it means is that Minervalbeing termporary membership, which enables the new member to takeas long as they wish to find out if the Order is what they want.Ist Degree is for those who have decided to join for lifr. It willÔIf you have any further questions you can reach us at the addresson the back of this magazine or at the monthly meeting.
ÐÔ"And I invoke thee without fear, O Great Choronzon!"
"No, there is no need to banish! This is good energy!"
"No I will NOT give up my wallet."
"Gee, I wonder what will happen if i touch a fire elemental?"
"Who would booby trap so simple a ritual?"
ÐÔÔThe following is a list of publications recieved this month atXanadu Camp:
The Magical Link Volume Five Number Four
Abbey News May, 1992 e.v. Volume V, Number Four
Baphomet Breeze Vernal Equinox 1992 Volume VII, Number 1
Whiskey Rebellion Camp Newsletter Spring Equinox 1992e.v. Issue 7
Pyramis January 1992 e.v. Issue 3
Pan Gaea Vol II No. 2
The Solstice March 6, 1992e.v. Volume 1 Numer 4
The RPSTOVAL Review Vol II Number 1
Thelema Lodge OTO May 1992 e.v.
Plus we have back issues of these and many other newsletters whichare not shown here because we haven't received up to date issues.
ÐÔForce And Fire is the official newsletter of Xanadu Camp and ispublished on a monthly basis. If you have any comments, ideas,suggestions, or submissions, please send them to the address to theright. Please keep in mind that the views expressed herein arethose of the contributing authors, and not necessarily those of theCamp. All material Copyright 1992, Xanadu Camp.
Frater Omnis Amare
ÐÔIf you have any poetry, essays, articles, humor, or artwork(cartoons, drawings, cover submissions), please send them to thefollowing address. We would also like to see any comments,criticisms, suggestions, or ideas that you might have.