LAShTAL A Journal of Thelemic Magick in Theory and Practice Official Organ of Eulis Lodge,
A Journal of Thelemic Magick in Theory and Practice
Official Organ of Eulis Lodge, OTO
VOLUME FOUR, NUMBER ONE - SUMMER, 1992 e.v. IV e.n.
Contents copyright (c) 1992 by the OTO.
All rights reserved.
MAGICK IN THEORY, MAGICK IN PRACTICE
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Especially if you are not particularly familiar with
ceremonial magick, the OTO, Eulis Lodge or our
publication, please read this section before plunging
into the depths (some might say “abyss”) of LAShTAL.
Come to think of it, even if you ARE familiar with all
this, you may profit from a few words of explanation.
Eulis Lodge carries out the work of Aleister Crowley’s
Ordo Templi Orientis, or OTO in “the Valley of Atlanta,
Georgia” as it has done for the last ten years. While
experimental newsletters (“The Star and the Garter”) and
published schedules existed prior to 1988 e.v., our
efforts to develop a major journal began in that year
with the publication of Volume One, Number One of
Since that time, the journal has appeared only
haphazardly, this being the sixth issue. To date, the
results have been uneven. Topics covered have included
Crowley’s “Gnostic Mass” - the central celebratory
ritual of the OTO, sexual magick, original rituals, rare
materials by Aleister Crowley, very controversial short
stories, a running interview with Erisian Kerry
Thornley, reincarnation, ufos, etc.
The OTO itself is a fraternal, initiatory “serious and
secret body of initiates,” with an unbroken line of
Grand Masters going back some one hundred years. The OTO
is best understandable in theory by study of its basic
documents, readily available in THE EQUINOX, Volume III,
Number 10 (Weiser Books, 1990 paperback edition). In
practice, Eulis Lodge and many other OTO groups in over
30 countries around the world organized into over 100
bodies, offer frequent performances of the Gnostic Mass
and other educational and ritual events. We also offer
initiation into the OTO.
Our journal aims to both inform interested lay readers
as to what we are all about, and to communicate with our
fellow Thelemites (Thelema = Will) as well. In these
respects we have thus far met with only limited success,
and this issue represents yet another change in format.
Your response will tell us if we are on the right track.
Please be assured that mail directed to LAShTAL and its
staff will be given serious attention.
In this issue, magick in practice is represented by the
rare material by Aleister Crowley and `updated’ with the
report on Eulis Lodge’s recent and lengthy experiment
with Enochian Magick. Who we are as an organization and
a lodge is covered by the transcriptions of talks on
“Aleister Crowley’s OTO In Legend and Reality” and “The
Devil and Aleister Crowley” in this issue. Magick in
theory is covered from its historical roots in “Notes On
P.B. Randolph and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light”
published here for the first time.
While the OTO lays claim to the knowledge and wisdom of
the great orders of antiquity, it took on its present
form in the 1890s when the first OTO Grand Master, Karl
Kellner(1850-1905), a freemason and initiate of the
sexual magick of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light (H.B.
of L.), integrated his knowledge with that of Karl
Albert Theodor Reuss (1855-1923), who succeeded Kellner
as Grand Master and who was a leader and heir of the
Antient and Primitive Rite of Freemasonry.
Our article on Dr. P. B. Randolph and the Hermetic
Brotherhood of Light is somewhat speculative, but it
traces the roots of the “philosophical” aspect of OTO
theory through Randolph (1825-1875) and his American
Brotherhood of Eulis, and its European and Egyptian
parallel, the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light. Dr. Peter
Davidson, the head of the H.B. of L. in Scotland,
migrated to North Georgia in 1890 and continued the H.B.
of L. work until his death in 1915. The OTO today is
also known as the “Fraternitas Lucis Hermeticae” or
“Hermetic Brotherhood of Light,” and our Lodge in
Atlanta is named for the enigmatic Randolph’s 1873 book,
EULIS, which broke ground in that it opened the door of
the sexual aspect of Magick to the Western World.
Your comments on our efforts are cordially invited.
Love is the law, love under will.
—T Allen H. Greenfield, Lodge Master
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