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(1) Wed 17 Jan 90 17:51 By: Brad Hicks To: All Re: Satanism Rumor A "Dead Dog" St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:7c84 8e741431 Filename: DEADDOGS.STL SATANISM RUMOR A "DEAD DOG" by J. Brad Hicks (St. Louis, MagickNet) Roughly one week after the Midwinter Solstice, police in South St. Louis County found the corpses of three large dogs. The dogs were identified as a collie/German shepherd mix, which is very similar to the dogs which Maury Terry linked to the Son of Sam slayings. These three dogs had been killed by blows to the back of the head, then skinned literally from the tip of the nose to the toes of their paws. The final bizarre detail was that investigation revealed that feces and urine were removed from the corpses. (Of course, anyone who's read the occult crime manuals knows that animal urine and feces are used in black masses.) In light of all of the above, it comes as no surprise that the South County area has long been a hotbed of rumors of teenage Satanism; in fact, one former member of a teen Satanic "cult" in that area is well known to the author. And of course by now the entire nation knows that the founder of the Satanic church called the Temple of Set, Dr. Michael Aquino, has moved into the South St. Louis area--less than a year before the dead animals were found. So, here then, were the clues: three dogs slain roughly one week after a Satanic ritual date, then mutilated, emptied of urine and feces, and dumped; all in an area known to be heavily infested with teen, self-styled, and religious Satanists. The culprits are obvious, right? County officials obviously thought so; within 24 hours of finding the animal corpses, Dr. Dan Knox of the St. Louis County Animal Control Department and Jeff Gibbs, field director for the Missouri Human Society had announced that the dogs were clearly slain in a Satanic ritual. A two-column-inch story buried deep in the St. Louis Post Dispatch for January 3rd, 1990 carried the headline, "Satanism Suspected In Killing Of Dogs." But then a trapper who'd heard about all of the fuss called Missouri Conservation Agent Arthur Johnson. He provided all of the missing details: they weren't collie/German shepherd mix dogs; they were coyotes. He had trapped them, clubbed them, and skinned them for their fur; all quite legally. The urine and feces are commonly used by trappers to disguise the man-scent on their traps. And so the Animal Control Department and the Conservation Commission went back and checked the corpses. Sure enough, the paws, teeth, and stomach contents of the animals were incompatible with those of domesticated dogs. The animals were clearly coyotes. St. Louis Sun, the same day: "Skinned Animals Probably Coyotes." St. Louis Post Dispatch, the next day: "Three Skinned Animals Identified As Coyotes." If they hadn't been blinded by occult-crime conspiracy theories, which are very fashionable inSt. Louis law enforcement circles these days, the various officials might have checked their facts more carefully BEFORE they ran to the press. As it was, they rushed into print with an accusation against the Satanic religion, and wound up with egg on their faces. Fortunately, South County officials didn't have a detailed "suspect list" of Satanists, or they would all have been rounded up as suspects. And more fortunately, when St. Louis ounty officials learned not to going baying and barking after every "Satanic cult" accusation, no serious harm was done. --- Sirius 0.50 --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis, MO * 1-314-741-2231 * (1:100/2) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2) Sun 28 Jan 90 16:27 By: Brad Hicks To: All Re: AMER "vs." Kansas City "Elders": A Clarification St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:7c84 8379143c I would like to clarify some remarks I made over a month ago regarding meetig that I was informed of between an AMER director (Mike Fix) and "elders of the Kansas City community." At the time I posted that message, I had just gotten off the phone after a two-plus hour argument with Mike on this subject and on what the appropriate AMER response was to be. I did not take detailed notes during the cnversation, so one or two minor detailsmay have been recorded wrong. Apparently, one important one was. Mike described the meeting to me as a meeting with some friends of his who were elders in the Kansas City community. I got the impression from that conversation that this was a large and formal meeting; on the contrary, it was a living room discussion with two friends of his. They told him (I now understand) that they had some very strong objections to AMER permitting members of the Temple of Set to join, and that in this matter, they could "speak for a lot of Wiccans in Kansas City." It has since been made clear to me that what Mike (and they) meant by this was that they were sure that a lot of Wiccans in Kansas City would agree with them. They did NOT mean to imply that they had been AUTHORIZED by any persons or groups to speak for anyone other than themselves. Mike has informed me this afternoon that they were correct in saying that other persons and groups in the Kansas City area would agree with them; the admission of Michael and Lilith Aquino into AMER (and Lilith's subsequent election to fill an empty Board of Directors slot which had been declined by Earth Church of Amargi's Don Wildegrube) have been strongly criticized by at least four very visible members of the Kansas City and Lawrence Pagan community, one of whom is a ranking officer in the Heartland Spiritual Alliance. Although it has been my personal position all along (and one supported by a number of my fellow directors) that allowing two people to join AMER who are not guilty of any crime, who are members of a magical religion, who are being persecuted by the New Witchhunters, and who were more than willing to sign AMER's Statement of Purpose was about as non-controversial a decision as could be made. Since this does not appear to have been the case, AMER will be releasing a formal statement to the Craft community of our position on admitting Satanists to AMER within the next several weeks. We beg your patience until such time as this statement can be written, polished, and approved by the Board. Thank you very much. - J. Brad "Talespinner" Hicks Coordinator, MagickNet Echos Public Information Officer, Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions 11220 West Florissant, Suite 288 Florissant, Missouri 63033 FidoNet: 1:100/523 --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis, MO * 1-314-741-2231 * (1:100/523) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (3) Mon 29 Jan 90 11:20 By: To: Re: AME St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6de7 143d5a94 @ MSGID: 1:280/311.2 25c429d0 1) If you're going to attribute things to people in Kansas City (at least), name names. If you can't name names, perhaps you should consider not attributing things. I refer specificly to your statement regarding the member of the HSA. 2) The _RESERVATIONS_ (_NOT_ objections) i have heard stated regarding the patricipation of the Temple of Set in AMER are on one specific point: Several people have asked for more information regarding ToS's position on the use of magic on/at other people without their knowledge or permission, and/or to the target's detriment. In other words, do they subscribe to "an it harm none", or only "do what thou will"? The reasons for this _inquiry_ are obvious: it would be damn hard to defend a group that included members who believed in the practice of what is commonly referred to as "negative magic". There are also questions as to wether, given a broad enough definition of purpose, the ACLU is not far better equipped to defend the religious liberties of the nation as a whole, and, if so, if AMER does not constitute a division of resources. These, I reiterate, are QUESTIONS, not condemnations or implications of anyone's beliefs. I note that some of the parties alluded to in your messages have joined in, but thought I'd pass this along anyhow. --- via Quickpoint XRS 3.1+ (286) * Origin: The Wolf's Den in Kansas City, Missouri (Quick 1:280/311.2) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (4) Wed 31 Jan 90 17:02 By: Brad Hicks To: All Re: Why AMER? Why not ACLU? St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:7c84 884f143f The question has been brought up of why we need something like AMER, whenthe ACLU already exists. Here are a few of my answers: (1) It's about time we raised a hand in our own defense, and did something other than just publish pamphlets, because: (1a) ... there are minor ethical problems with demanding that a national Christian organization bail us out of every scrape. (1b) ... it is tactical folly to assume that they will always do so; if they ever don't, we'd be caught on our butts. (2) The ACLU has declined to touch a lot of cases that I think needed better defense than they got. For example, at least the Missouri ACLU has made it clear on multiple occasions that they have no interest o resources to get involved in job actions against Witches or anybody else, unless the employer is a government agency. The ACLU is never going to touch (for another example) any child-custody case, even if the ONLY evidence of one parent's unfitness is their religion. (3) The ACLU frequently doesn't get involved in a case until it's been going on for a LONG time. Circle is still paying off legal bills from the bogus "zoning" battle they were caught in. Sure, the ACLU eventually came to their rescue--but only after thousands of dollars in legal and court costs. What would happen to a Wiccan church with fewer friends or less of a knack for fund-raising? (4) The ACLU is a fine tool to go into court with. Lawyers are not the best solution to every problem. Some problems can be better solved with judicious public relations. (The ACLU doesn't do public relations.) Other problems simply require a few noisy demonstrations to attract sympathetic attention. (The ACLU doesn't do demonstrations.) And so forth, and so on. Summary: there are a LOT of areas in which Magical and Earth Religions need defense and public relations. The ACLU is a less-than-perfect solution to ONLY ONE OF THEM. Don't get me wrong; it's a great organization and I support it 100%. But it's not the be-all and end-all of First Amendment defense. --- Sirius 0.50 --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis, MO * 1-314-741-2231 * (1:100/523) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (5) Sun 28 Jan 90 0:29 By: Ann Waldrum To: All Re: "22 Commandments" For The New Age St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3ec9 143c03a0 1. You shall learn of Honesty and attempt to heal your fear of it, to use this in daily living. 2. You shall learn to Love Unconditionally--beginning with yourself. 3. You shall help all people in your worlds come to physical healing. 4. You shall dwell on things of high and pure energy in others and self to change Earth. 5. You will learn and practice Pure Service -- unconditional and with love energy. 6. You will release Judgment into the Void--You will see, identify and choose for yourself Only. 7. You will Recognize One God --the God that corresponds to your vision. 8. You will destroy no one in any way -- through gossip -- through killing their gifts -- discouraging self love by injuring the physical body by foreign substance -- incorrect foods -- incorrect labor. 9. You will use your mind in the way the Source prepared -- by faithfulness of prayer -- by study and spiritual growth. 10. You will learn self discipline so that you respond to the Earth with wisdom. 11. You will take full responsibility for your own life -- blaming no other. 12. You will seek to learn about your God -- seeing the Connection clearly. 13. You will be known for your Gentleness, your Loyalty, your Kindness, according to your beliefs. 14. You will grow in Peace by change of attitude and understanding of others. 15. You will learn to respond and act from the Highest Center of Inner God -- the Love Response. 16. You will learn to Love All Manhind by seeing the Highest in all people without exception. 17. You will promote the healing of Mind, Body, and Spirit by teaching and living the belief in Man's Divinity. 18. You will show faithfulness in your study of yourself and your persona (masks) in order to Free All Parts of Self. 19. You will Live your life as ordained by your faithfulness to the Truth, as you understand the Truth. 20. You will Speak in Love, Honesty and Wisdom. 21. You will Think in Love, Honesty and Wisdom. 22. You will live in Moderation (Balance) in All Areas of your life. The foregoing was delivered on July 20, 1989, through the trance-mediumship of Carla Neff Gordan by the Spirit Guide "Mary." Mary stated that these ideas will also be released through other mediums in six different areas of the world. In preface to these "Commandments" Mary said the following: "Yu are a loving, connected community of like-minded souls assisting through our inner connection. You are becoming a profound source of awakening for your world. These rules are to open your hearts, to teach you self-love, to calm your emotion to help you to live in reality that you have wished. To grow, first you must become a source of service. There must be a difference in earth because you have walked here. Now is the time of shifting your energy into a higher place through unconditional love. A part of your purpose is to heal the earth through holy, or wholeness, relationships. You will begin now." --- TBBS v2.0 * Origin: *Chrysalis* Multi-User (214) 519-0728 Dallas, Tx (124/4214) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (6) Mon 5 Feb 90 23:34 By: James Crowley To: ALL Re: Cassandra-FAX is comming! St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:aa13 1445bc51 Cassandra-News and the United Wiccan Church are proud to announce the creation of: C a s s a n d r a - F A X Cassandra-FAX will be the first news magazine in the WORLD to be published in Group-3 FAX format! 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(818) 899-3687 (300/1200/2400 BAUD, 8N1, DATA ONLY) FIDO Mail 1:102/922 MCI Mail 407-8764 Telex: 6504078764 Answerback: 6504078764MCI UW - 30 - --- msged 1.99S ZTC * Origin: Cassandra-News * 818-899-3687 (1:102/922) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (7) Wed 14 Feb 90 6:35 By: Weyland Smith To: Russ Anderson Re: risks(part 1) St: Pvt ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:5585 144e32ae Risk Assessment Within the Craft Community by Weyland Smith There seems to be two schools of thought within the "Craft Community" concerning the dangers faced by Pagans in general and witches in particular. One school thinks that we are now in the Age of Aquarius and that all danger has passed. The other camp seems to feel that we are beset with dangers and that our only safety lies in remaining "the hidden children of the Goddess", telling no one of our religious faith (including our fellow practitioners), and being ready to fly or fight on a moment's notice. Who's right? Do we know? Have we even tried to find out? On the one hand, we live in a country with a Bill of Rights. Times have certainly changed since witchcraft was a hanging offence in Massachusetts. People have been known to proclaim their faith and live unmolested. On the other hand, there are about 3 million people in the United States who profess themselves to believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. If Leviticus says "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.", then there should be 3 million people out there ready to drag me out of my house and kill me. Fortunately, the answer does not lie with either extreme and therefore our reaction should likewise avoid either extreme position. We live in a world beset by dangers. We could be in a traffic accident. We could have our house burglarized. Our child could be abducted on the way home from school. We could be struck by lightening. Do we stay home, guard the house and family and avoid living? Of course not! What we DO is to act in such a way as to recognize the risks we run and to minimize them. We try to live in reasonably safe neighborhoods. We keep good locks on our doors. We drive defensively and wear seat belts. We teach our children to run from threatening situations. This isn't paranoia, just good sense. (continued in part 2) --- * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (Opus 1:104/11) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (8) Wed 14 Feb 90 6:40 By: Weyland Smith To: Russ Re: risks (part 2) St: Pvt ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:5585 144e32d5 (part 2) Is there any danger that we as witches and pagans might be subjected to another violent suppression? Any Jew with an eye to recent history would tell you that of course there is! Is that danger great here in this country? Not at present, but we do live in a world subject to rapid changes. Within my lifetime, people of Japanese extraction in this country were summarily rounded up and shipped off to remote camps. This action was contested all the way up to the Supreme Court to no avail. So what should we do? Well for a start, recognize that there is SOME residual risk whenever anyone takes an ethical position. We must understand that this risk is present whether we think it should be so or not. Further, we must each decide what level of hazard we are personally willing to run and to which we would subject our families. Finally, we should avoid doing anything which might subject ourselves and those around us to risks when such risks are avoidable. Especially, we should respect one another's right to manage his own dangers. Just because I choose to take a risk doesn't give me the right to endanger you! Should we return to living our lives under perpetual cover? I hope not. But I do respect the individual rights of my brothers and sisters of the Art to each make that decision on their own. It is on this middle ground where I suggest we should all try to live for the present. --- * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (Opus 1:104/11) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (9) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:09 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 1 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:796a 1453a920 Clergy and Laity Abuse of People by Alisandra and Ammond Shadowcraft The following newspaper clippings are taken from FREETHOUGHT TODAY, published by The Freedom From Religion Foundation, P.O. Box 750 Madison. WI 53701. My very special thanks to Alisandra for typing almost all of this file. A woman suspected of being a witch was dragged from her hut, tied to a tree, and then axed to death by neighbors in an eastern village in India, the latest in several killings of women suspected of being "witches." The Santhal tribes believe many women, especially widows, have the power to heal the sick and cast evil spells. (AP/Quad City Times 4/26/89 REV. GARY HEIDNIK, convicted of raping and killing women he chained in his Philadelphia church-home basement, received a 2nd death sentence. (USA Today, 3/3/89) Every state except West Virginia has made snake-handling illegal. There have been 11 documented deaths since 1945, although snake-handling is also practiced in parts of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee, thanks to Mark, chapter 16:17-18. "See, I handle serpents because it's in the Bible, like a commandment. And I drink strychnine because the Bible says it won't hurt me. Now, either every word in that Bible is right or it's wrong," says snake-handler DEWEY CHAFIN. (People Magazine 4/26/89) A volunteer Sunday School teacher, music teacher and groundskeeper at Bethel Baptist Church, Novoto, CA, CONFESSED to raping and murdering a 13 year old girl on April 13. "I murdered her. I strangled her and I bludgeoned her," SCOTT MARTIN WILLIAMS, 29, told police a week later. He lured Jenifer Moore, a popular 8th grade student, into the church, tied her up, raped her, strangled her with a cord and beat her with a baseball bat. His friends insisted he could not be guilty, although police traced him through incontrovertible evidence. "He is a devout Christian," who likes to talk about God and the Bible, said a clerk at the food mart managed by Williams, where he has spoken often about the unsolved murder. (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/21/89) BARTLEY J. DOBBEN was judged mentally ill and guilty of 1st degree murder for putting his 2 sons, ages 2 and 15 months, in a red-hot foundry ladle on Thanksgiving Day. Dobben said "God had dictated through the Bible" that he kill his sons since they were going to die anyway. He had joined Emmanuel Fellowship whose preacher violently attacked his own mother and checked himself into a psychiatric hospital in late April. (AP 5/4/89; Mohave Valley News, 5/18/89) Four members of the Ecclesia Athletic Association were convicted of 1st degree manslaughter for beating an 8 year old girl to death on Oct 13. Dayna Broussard was the daughter of the group's founder. CONVICTED were: WILLIE K. CHAMBERS, 35; BRIAN K. BRINSON, 31; CONSTANCE Z. JACKSON, 38; and FREDRICK P. DOOLITTLE, 28. (Sacramento Union, 5/13/89) REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN was sentenced to 1 year in jail and 4 years' probation for striking a Mississippi state trooper. Fountain, 39, a Baptist, operates the notorious Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, MS, which has refused to turn over records on children in its custody, many of whom have run away and reported gross maltreatment. (Montgomery Advertiser, 5/17/89) [More later on Rev. Fountain.] A Christian fundamentalist got 12-year probation, was ordered to pay court costs and work 500 hours for setting 19 fires at Indianapolis bookstores, massage parlors and their customer's cars, causing $170,000 in property damage and injuring two firefighters. Two other followers of REV. GREG DIXON'S Baptist Temple await trial. (Indianapolis Star, 4/22/89) TONY ALAMO, leader of a Christian sect, was charged with felony child abuse in the beating in 1988 of an 11 year old boy at the group commune in Santa Clarita Valley. "I favor spanking children; you know that. It says so in the Bible. People have to decide whether to do what the Lord says or the state." Alamo issued orders over a speaker phone, listing each of the child's transgressions and dictated how many times to paddle the child. The child could not sit down without a pillow for 2-3 weeks. Five of his followers were also charged. (LA Times, 4/15/89) Officials stoned to death 11 prostitutes and 4 pimps in a sports stadium as thousands watched in the Gulf city of Bushehr. A court had convicted them of "spreading corruption on Earth," according to the newspaper KAYHAN. Typical execution by stoning involves hooding and burying prisoners in a hole (waist deep for men, chest-high for women). Judicial officials or police stand in a circle around the convict. The sentencing judge throws the first stone as others follow, shouting 'Allah-O Akbar' (God is Great). (Houston Post, 4/26/89) PIERRE LACROIX, a French Canadian Catholic TV evangelist, was freed on bail from prison -- only 2 days after he was sentenced to --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (10) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:12 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 2 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:7959 1453a980 2 years in prison. He was convicted of molesting a teenage boy for 5 years during counseling sessions. Sentencing Justice Jean Bienvenue said Lacroix carried on a "marathon of gross indecency" at his "Marathon of Love" rallies. Pedophiles should not be loose on the streets, he said. However, Judge Yves Bernier, Quebec Court of Appeal, said Lacroix's return to society is not a public danger. The verdict and sentence are under appeal. A Crown psychiatrist said the married father of 4 showed no remorse or understanding of the gravity of his crime. (The Spectator, 3/16/89; Canadian Press, 3/18/89) Prominent former priest BRENDAN FOLEY was charged with sexually assaulting boys between 1982 and 1985 when he worked as a parish priest. Foley, 43, was known as the "Singing Priest." He is the 8th well-known and popular member of Newfoundland's Roman Catholic community to be charged with sexual abuse. Two priests are serving 5 year prison terms; 3 other priests and a former priest await preliminary hearings. The province of 567,000 people, one- third Catholic, only has 100 priests. (Spectator, 3/18/89; Chicago Tribune, 3/27/89) COL. JAMES L. MOODY, Brooke Army Medical Center's top chaplain, who faced up to 19 years, reached a tentative deal to serve no more than 3 years' prison for sexual misconduct involving 2 female clients. (San Antonio Light, 3/29/89) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese-Atlanta is paying $358,000 to families of 3 altar boys molested by British priest ANTON MOWAT. The Church returned Mowat to England for treatment rather than reporting him to police. Mowat fled the treatment center and is a fugitive. He was charged last year with molesting 4 boys from a suburban Stone Mountain parish. (Idaho Statesman, 4/6/89) Delaware TV preacher WILLIAM J. KEICHLINE, 52, known for homeless work, is charged with 3 years of rape, bondage and homemade pornography involving a girl, now aged 10. As her landlord, he threatened to evict her family if she said anything. He was charged with multiple counts by New Castle Co. police. Mission of Care, the 2-state ministry he founded in 1979 -- including a TV show, "camp for needy children," and outreach center -- ousted him following the charges. The group, long affiliated with PTL Club, was honored by the state legislature in 1983 for opening a shelter for 17 homeless people during record cold; however the shelter closed after 4 days for code violations. Keichline is married with 3 grown sons. ([Wilmington] News Journal, 3/17/89; Sacramento Union, 3/18/89) ROBERT CUSHING, 36, of Dubuque, was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty to a felony sex charge of molesting boys at Wahlert Catholic High School, and 2 years to a charge of prostitution. (Clinton Herald [IA], 4/4/89) DR. THOMAS HAVEL, a Catholic priest who heads the psychiatric unit at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., is being sued by a 34-year-old former client who says he sexually exploited her for 5 years starting when she was 13. Her attorney says the priest admitted the abuse, offered the woman a $135,000 confidential settlement and threatened to commit suicide if she didn't take it. The hospital, which never investigated the charges, says his work there is "flawless." (San Jose Mercury News, 3/29/89) SHAWN CHARLES "BROTHER DUSTY" WILLIAMS, 50, got 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to showing pornography and fondling 2 young boys. The preacher-plumber worked as a volunteer bus driver for the New Covenant Fellowship Church of San Antonio, picking up stray kids to take them to church. He blamed the "devil" for his crimes. (San Antonio Light, 4/6/89) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese-Baltimore made a secret settlement with a couple who accused REV. WILLIAMS Q. SIMMS of molesting their 13 year old son, an altar boy. He suffered depression and required psychiatric treatment, following the inflicted "ritualistic sexual fantasies." The family had asked for $12 million. (Maryland Sun, 3/28/89) REV. WILLIAM EDWARD THOMPSON, JR., 45, charged with 21 counts of child sexual abuse, pleaded guilty in a plea bargain. The married father of 4 sons was headmaster at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville. He was charged with child pornography and molesting 7 boys, ages 11 to 16, in his home and on church property. A social worker reported him. (The Maryland Sun, 4/8/89) REV. THOMAS HUNT was convicted by a jury of sexually abusing a 5 year old girl and her 7 year old brother during visits in the rectory. He was children's choir director at the United Methodist Church in East Benton. The girl had nightmares before visits and asked her mother to make the minister "stop rubbing" Vaseline on her "privates." The boy added, "Believe her, mommy, he did it to me too." (Scranton Times, 4/4-7/89) ROBERT MESSERSMITH, 46, a catechism instructor at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in north Minneapolis who works with many --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (11) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:14 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 3 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b949 1453a9c0 youth groups, was charged with coercing 10 boys to perform sex acts. Boys ages 12-15 say he showed them pornography and urged them to masturbate during camping trips. In 1976, when director of the Salem, NH Boys Club, he was convicted of sexually assaulting 2 12- year-old boys and was given 2 years' probation. He is married with 3 children. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3/28/89) PAUL ROSS INGRAM, 43, who formerly ran the Thurston Co. crime prevention program, is charged with rape and statutory rape. Ingram was the GOP county chair from 1986-1988, and is a member of the Four Square Gospel Church. Two other men linked to law enforcement and community service were also charged. (Seattle Post- Intelligencer, 4/4/89) JAMES CLIFTON NALLEY, a volunteer at Bible Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, Fla., was charged with fondling 2 church girls, ages 9 and 11. Church members phoned police after a child reported the abuse. (Florida Times-Union, 4/4/89) A federal sting operation to find child pornographers/molesters yielded 6 arrests in Philadelphia, including Presbyterian minister JOHN MCVAY, 53. He allegedly solicited sex with 2 girls ages 9 and 12. He was charged with criminal solicitation to commit involuntary deviant sexual intercourse. He also sent a 15 year old girl obscene material and a letter soliciting sex. (Intelligencer-Record, 3/10/89) Evangelist TONY LEYVA received a 20 year prison sentence on March 28 for running a child prostitution ring. Federal Dist. Judge James Turk called him and his 2 partners "bad to the core." Leyva was previously sentenced to 2.5 years for sexually abusing 2 boys in Virginia. His religious accomplices RIAS EDWARD MORRIS, 27, got 15 years, and FREDDIE H. HERRING, 50, got 12 years. All were fined $5,000. Agents located at least 30 boys, some as young as 8, molested by Leyva in the past 20 years; some put the total at 800 victims. (New York Times, 3/29/89) Indianapolis music minister REV. CLAYTON DUANE HEIL, 42, employed by Lighthouse Tabernacle, is being sued by a 14 year old choir girl for rape over a 3 month period in 1985. The suit also names REVS. WILLIAM W. and DAVID TOTMAN. Said a church official, "they're not just fighting us, they're fighting God." (Carmel News- Tribune, 4/5/89) Baptist minister HENRY BAZIL WATERS, 49, was convicted of fondling 3 young boys and untold others at the Grace Baptist Temple Church in Statesboro, Ga., and in his home and car. Waters' testimony that he "saved" youth through "sex instruction" matched testimony of the victims. Waters admitted fondling boys in Latin America, saying "I have no idea" how many children he had abused. Waters was given permission to attend church while free on bond. (Atlanta Journal, 2/18/89) REV. THOMAS V. COSSAIRT, 72, retired former pastor of First Baptist Church, Carter Lake, received a suspended 1 year jail sentence and 2 years' probation after pleading guilty to indecent contact with a child. A charge involving a 2nd child was dropped. He lives in Commerce, Okla. (Omaha World Herald) JOSEPH NEWMAN, of Lucedale, Miss., says he married his secretary and her 8 year old daughter "under orders from God." After officials removed the child and her brother from his home, Newman vowed that "God is angry" because the Koran gives him the right to "up to four wives," including child brides. (Mobile Press Register, 3/11/89; Press Register Reporter) Former Salvation Army Capt. JACK HOLCOMB, 50, pleaded guilty to having intercourse with a girl under the age of 14 while heading the chapter. During his tenure, he received a community service award for trying to house and feed refugees in the Plattsburgh, NY area. (Syracuse Herald-Journal, 3/1/89) "Popular, dedicated" youth pastor DOUGLAS BOUDINOT, 39, married with children, has been charged with 2 counts of rape while leading a Christian youth group in California. Santa Cruz authorities charged him with rape when a young woman reported that Boudinot had sexually assaulted her in 1983, when she was 17 and a member of Young Life. Professing medical expertise, he reportedly committed many of the assaults under the guise of conducting medical examinations. Washington police have also located victims reportedly abused while Boudinot worked as youth pastor at Kent Covenant Church, taking youth groups on overnight outings and trips to Germany and Mexico. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2/23/89) Radio preacher REV. FRED KENTON BESHORE, 63, of Newport Beach, Calif., was charged with influencing the testimony of a witness, a felony. He is accused of phoning the father of a girl reportedly molested by neurosurgeon Dr. Francis Williams, offering him $1,500 a month for 2 years if he would stop his daughter's testimony. Police taped offers. Charges against the neurosurgeon for molesting preteen and adult patients were dropped, but could be reopened. --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (12) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:16 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 4 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:793f 1453aa00 Beshore runs Bible Institute of the Air, buying bibles to smuggle into communist countries. (Orange Co. Register, 2/28/89; 3/1/89) PAUL SLATER, 64, a traveling evangelist, was charged with 4 counts of sexual battery after 8 and 12 year old sisters reported being molested and raped by him. Slater, a "trusted neighbor," befriended their family. An investigator said, "We encourage people to listen to what their children have to say. Many of these cases go on for months and years." (Ocala Star-Banner, 2/18/89) A 25 year old San Jose woman reports being molested and raped between the ages of 11-13 by a priest, who was also her mother's lover. She saw him rape her younger sister. Their mother is now demanding that the Diocese of San Jose take action against the priest, still pastor of a Santa Clara church: "We want him to admit this happened... We want him removed from situations where children are at risk." After 10 months of negotiating, no action to remove the priest or protect children has been taken. The criminal statute of limitations has run out. (San Jose Mercury News, 3/10/89) FATHER HARRY MCINTEE is charged with sexually assaulting children from the 1950s to the 1980s at a church-run native residential school at St. Joseph's Mission, British Columbia. (Ottawa Citizen, 2/27/89) Former priest JOHN BAUER, 52, is a fugitive being hunted for making child pornography in Mexico. Three other suspects are involved, including DAVID NEGRETTE, 26, an assistant scoutmaster. Police say the four men regularly made trips from the Los Angeles area 200 miles south to Ensenada. Poor boys aged 8 to 14 were paid small amounts to perform sexual acts with each other and the men in shacks and hotels. Videotapes were distributed around the world. Bauer worked as a priest for 7 years in social work projects, including group homes for neglected children in Helena, Mont. He left the church in 1970 and directed the social work program at Montana State University. He had owned 3 pornographic west coast bookstores. (Billings Gazette, 4/14/89) UPDATE: Bauer, a former priest who often wore his clerical collar even after leaving the church in 1970, was arrested in Spokane by FBI authorities, facing charges of producing of child pornography and conspiring to molest children in California. Bauer, self-described "porno priest," was on the run for 15 months, after charges surfaced that he exploited youths and runaways from Mexico. He worked as a director of the social work program in Montana State University-Bozeman during the 1970s, then opened 4 pornography shops. (Spokesman-Review, 12/13/89) Despite multimillion dollar lawsuits in 2 states against Church of Christ public humiliation ("disciplining") of women for "sexual misconduct," Nashville elders vow to continue their crusade. What about all the wayward ministers? (Nashville Banner, 2/14/89) REV. JOHNATHAN HAMLIN, 24, convicted of shooting his live-in girlfriend last July, got 15 years in prison. Hours after the shooting he preached at 1 of the 3 Mississippi Baptist churches he served. (Palm Beach Post, 1/7/89) Florida authorities say twin girls, 7 months old, were deliberately suffocated. They were left alive in the care of REV. JOHN W. HEFLIN JR., 45, of Belleview, their babysitter. New reports of child abuse prompted the removal of two minors from the notorious Bethel Children's Home in Lucedale, Ms. A 15 year old from Alabama and 12 year old from New York were removed following reports of abuse by a runaway. Last June 72 children were removed from the welfare department; many testified to excessive beatings and boot-camp type regimens. In contempt of court, REV. HERMAN FOUNTAIN and colleagues have $300,000 in unpaid penalties, and face a jury trial for assaulting police officers. The state requires no licensing for religious homes. However, the legislature passed a bill, in effect July 1, requiring 24-hour childcare homes to submit monthly lists of names and places of origin for each child and staff member, and educational information. (Mobile Register, 4/11/89) REV. SHIRLEY FREEMAN, a 74 year old vicar, murdered his wife of 46 years when he was unable to find his favorite program on the radio. He bludgeoned her for over 2 hours. He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a monastery in southern England because he was too old for prison. (LA Times, 2/20/89) A woman accompanying a friend to a Brooklyn, NY abortion clinic was tossed against a wall 3 times by an off-duty police officer who shouted, "In the name of Jesus Christ, do you know what's going on in there?" When she lodged a complaint against him at a police station, she was strip-searched and jailed. The officer was convicted of reckless assault. A state jury found the officer liable for $400,000 and the city liable for $600,000. (NYT, 12/14/88) MARK RIPPBERGER and SUSAN MIDDLETON-RIPPBERGER were sentenced --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (13) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:18 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 5 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b92f 1453aa40 to 5 years' probation and fined $5,000 on Nov. 2 after being found guilty of criminal negligence in the death of their 8 month old daughter in 1984 from untreated meningitis. "She was not beaten to death or starved, but she's dead just as if she were beaten and starved," said the prosecution. The judge ordered the couple to take a family health or first aid course, read Good Housekeeping's "Family Health and Medical Guide," and authorize emergency medical care for their other school-age children. The Christian Science Monitor accused California of "unhidden antagonism toward Christian Science" for prosecuting the case. With 1,945 churches, it is the largest US religious organization shunning medical care. (Reuters/Newark Star-Ledger, 11/5/89; Washington Post, 11/11/89) The Circuit Court in Alpena, MI ruled in favor of Dr. Michael Taylor, who was sued by Jehovah's Witness Cindy Werth for transfusing blood to her in a post-childbirth crisis. Werth said it violated her religion; the court said it saved her life. (USA Today, 11/7/89) A woman from Waukegan, IL who was injured in a traffic accident in Wisconsin bled to death after refusing a blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs. Gloria H. Carter, 54, a Jehovah's Witness, died on Dec. 14 of massive internal injuries. An elder from her church complained: "Even though they made a big deal over the blood issue in Kenosha, that was not the cause of her death." ([Waukegan] News-Sun, 12/15/89) Authorities found a seriously-ill 6 year old girl whose father went to jail along with his pastor rather than tell her whereabouts. The sect rejects medical treatment. The girl was located in a secluded log home after an anonymous tip. Swollen and anemic, Melinda Sue James appeared to have kidney failure. She disappeared May 5 after the state ordered her to be medically examined. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8/1/89) A mother who starved to death her daughter, 4, in order to exorcise her of evil spirits, received a 7 year prison term for 3rd degree murder. The Florida mother, DARLENE JACKSON, 33, agreed to testify against MARY NICHOLSON, an evangelist charged with influencing Jackson to withhold food from daughter Kimberly McZinc. Jackson told the judge she would devote herself to "exposing people like Mary Nicholson." Nicholson's trial is in February. The girl died on Feb. 8, 1988. The home had been investigated for neglect prior to her death, but a state agency had taken no action. Jackson, who has a master's degree, was also ordered to pay $23,000 in court costs and serve 8 years' probation. (AP/Miami Herald, 7/27/89; Pensacola News Journal, 11/30/89) LARRY AND LEONA COTTAM, found guilty in Wilkesbarre, PA in September of starving their 14 year old son Eric to death, are free on bail pending an appeal. Eric's 69-pound body was found Jan. 4, 1989 after the family had fasted for 6 weeks. Larry, a former Seventh-Day Adventist minister, had $3,700 but would not buy food with it, saying it belonged to the Lord. "We were wondering, 'Is our faith being tested?' like when God asked Abraham to go up and sacrifice his son on the altar," Cottam said. "It was a kind of very close family togetherness," Cottam said. In the understatement of the decade, he added, "In some way, we lost perspective on reality." Their daughter Laura, now 13, who weighed 77 pounds when she was found after her brother's death, is in foster care. The Cottams are basing their appeal on grounds that the boy starved himself to death to express his freedom of religion. (Scranton Times, 8/29/89; Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/2-9/89; AP, 12/26/89) VIRGINIA JENKINS, 37, of Anderson, SC, was ruled incompetent to stand trial in charges that she sexually assaulted her son, 14, during an exorcism. She also rubbed glass and salt into his wounds. (USA Today, 1/4/90) The principal of Cornerstone Christian Academy (near Indianapolis) and her husband were charged with battery for paddling 2 pupils, ages 10 and 12, for bad grades. (Indianapolis Star, 12/15/89) DAVID L. DOUGLASS, principal of Mountain View Christian School in Derry Township, PA, was found guilty of paddling a 7 year old child until he was bruised. The boy was paddled for talking in class. "What we are talking about," said the prosecutor, "is a man who is blinded by his religion. The man does not see that the way to treat a hyperactive child is not to beat him into submission." (Express, 9/24/89) A Fayetteville, NC minister, his wife and another woman were charged with felony child abuse for beating 4 children last year. They are part of Holy Tabernacle storefront church, where Rev. John Charles McCollum, 39, is "chief apostle." He also preaches over radio stations in North and South Carolina and in tent revivals. Four children, who range in age from 3 to 15 years, suffered permanent scars on their bodies from serious physical injury. One --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (14) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:20 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 6 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b91c 1453aa80 is scarred permanently on the face. They were removed from the McCollum home in December, where Irish Lamont Williams, 32, mother of two of the children, also lives. Two other adults are being sought for abusing the children. (Fayetteville Times, 1/11/89) New Hampshire authorities have filed felony assault charges against a fundamentalist couple for beating their children with a stick and paddle. The kids were removed from their home. STEPHEN and JOANNE DECOSTA have found support in their church, and in character witnesses such as a former governor and a police officer whose children attend a church-run school with the DeCosta children. "The Bible definitely and expressly teaches the use of the rod in the discipline of children and we believe it, and we do it, and I teach it," said DeCosta's pastor, Richard Anderson of the Calvary Independent Baptist Church, Meredith. (AP/Clinton Herald [IA], 10/31/89) REV. ROBERT G. HALVERSTADT, 61, of Victory Center Church, Pueblo, CO, was sentenced to a year in jail, after admitting he used games, coercion and drugs to sexually molest 3 girls in his congregation. Charges involving 4 other victims were dropped when he pleaded guilty to reduced counts. He was given credit for 135 days already spent in jail, plus 4 years' probation. Halverstadt assaulted a girl, 9, who volunteered to help him clean his church. Another girl said he gave her something to drink that made her fall asleep. She woke up naked with pain in her groin area. (Chieftain, 12/15/89) The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions of REV. DARWIN G. DAMEWOOD, 54, sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a teenager in 1987 and sexually assaulting him. The Court affirmed all 8 counts against Damewood, formerly with the Rossville Methodist Church, ruling it permissible for another teenager to testify at the trial that Damewood had molested him too. (Topeka Capital-Journal, 12/9/89) STANLEY DENNIS CUMMINGS, 34, a bible school teacher, was sentenced to more than 2,000 years in prison after being convicted of 60 counts of child molesting and sexual exploitation of a minor. Cummings befriended 8 boys he met through church, friends and employment, molesting, sodomizing and photographing them in sexual acts. He beat one victim, tape-recording it for sexual gratification. "Ten seconds of indiscretion is ruining my entire life," he complained, referring to oral sex with a boy, 10. He told the judge: "But I have an illness. You cannot make me a criminal." (Arizona Daily Star, 9/19/89) REV. JOHN MICHAEL LIADIS, 56, of Largo, FL, was sentenced to 10 years' probation after a no-contest plea to 1 count of committing a lewd and lascivious act on a child under 16. He was also fined $500, told to stay away from children, and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He grabbed a girl, 15, the daughter of friends, at a church retreat. Liadis was relieved of his duties at the church camp. (NT Times, FL, 11/4/89) MARY LOU GALLUP, 61, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for child molestation, and must pay for counseling for her victim, a 4 and a half year old girl. Her husband, Edward Sr. and son, were convicted of molesting kids at the family's two Christian preschools in Portland. (Register-Guard [Eugene, OR], 12/5/89) REV. WALTER N. STONE, pastor of Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg, MA, was sentenced to 7-15 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of 8 counts of molesting 2 boys. Two victims, now 18 and 21, testified Stone befriended them during church counseling and activities. Stone, 56, is married with 4 children, an Air Force veteran, with a doctorate in theology from Boston University. Several friends and colleagues wrote letters of commendation for him. (Worcester Telegram, 11/10/89) REV. ROBERT DUANE SCHULTZ, 52, of Washington, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after confessing to acts described as "horribly perverse" on boys under age 12, involving 1 count of sexual abuse and 3 others of lascivious acts. Officials are giving him polygraph tests and blood tests in an effort to identify other victims. The married minister was a foster parent honored in 1989 by Gov. Terry Branstad for volunteer service. Victims included foster children; five were removed from his home upon his arrest. The prosecution said a law preventing prosecution for sex assaults occurring more than 4 years ago should be changed, and would have resulted in more charges against Schultz. Rev. John Bennett told Schultz' congregation at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), "Bob has fallen...into a deep pit of despair. But Bob has not fallen from the grace of God." Church policy requires that he be defrocked for committing a felony. (Des Moines Register, 10/30- 11/3/89; AP/Clinton Herald, 10/30/89) REV. DAVID SWOPE, minister at Sparks United Methodist Church, NV, was sentenced to 1 year in county jail, suspended to 3 years' --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (15) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:22 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 7 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:790c 1453aac0 probation, and psychological counseling. Swope pleaded no contest to a plea bargain of open & gross lewdness. He molested a girl, age 10, after choir practice, telling her she was one of his favorites and it meant nothing sexual. He was accused of taking indecent liberties with another girl 8 years ago. (Reno Gazette Journal, 10/28/89) JOHNNIE VERNON WOODS JR., 36, a lay minister at a North Little Rock church, got 3 consecutive sentences for abducting and raping a girl, 9. A jury found him guilty of 2 counts of rape and 1 count of kidnapping. (Tulsa World, 10/29/89) BRUCE KRAHN, 37, pleaded guilty to molesting a student, 15, at Calvary Academy where he taught math. He got 1 year probation, a $500 fine, and a possible 60-day jail sentence. He asked her to stay after school, turned off the lights, shut the door, asked her questions about sex education she got in the public schools, hugged, fondled her and asked her to touch him. She reported it to her parents. He was fired and the state will revoke his teaching license. (Journal-Register [Springfield, IL], 10/25/89) GEORGE DEGOLYER, 42, pastor of Verona Christian Fellowship, WI, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 5 years' probation after pleading no contest to 1st degree sexual assault of an 8 year old girl visiting his home. He carried the girl upstairs, pulled down her pants and molested her. He was ordered to have no unsupervised conduct with minors except his children. The DA agreed to ask the court to amend the charge to 4th degree if he does not violate probation. (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/1/89) JAMES KENNEDY, a Salvation Army pastor from LaCrosse, WI, was sentenced to 6 years in prison plus 10 years' probation for 1st degree sexual assault of a girl, 10. He was ordered to pay for counseling. She was sexually abused at his home 4 times in 1985. Supporters have rallied to his cause. The day after his sentencing, he was released on $15,000 bond posted by a relative, pending appeal. (AP/Wisconsin State Journal, 12/22/89) REV. L.G. GILSTRAP, 54, an Assemblies of God minister, was convicted by a jury on 3 counts of child molestation and sentenced to 33 years in prison for a string of fondling incidents in 1988 involving brothers aged 10 and 13. The older boy said Gilstrap once tried to have sex with him in the shower. Eight men testified during the trial that they too were molested by the minister when they were boys. Three said they were also abused by the Sunday school teacher, who was not tried. Gilstrap denied the charges but corroborated their accusations against the teacher. The prosecutor called Gilstrap the "Pied Piper of pedophilia." Gilstrap, defrocked, started a new church, New Hope Ministries. Married, he was a former clerk for the Georgia House of Representatives. (Atlanta Constitution, 9/22/89) REV. THOMAS MCLAUGHLIN, 58, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually molesting a boy, 12, after pleading guilty in exchange for dismissal of 6 other charges. He was pastor of Church of the Resurrection in New Albany and St. Mary Church in Marion, Ohio. The mother of the victim asked the judge for leniency. "I was flabbergasted," noted Logan Co. prosecutor Gerald Heaton. "I can't recall, in my seven years of prosecuting cases, having the parent of a victim, especially a sexual abuse victim, speak in support of the perpetrator." The priest blamed his actions on "his disease" rather than himself. (New Herald, 1989) REV. RICHARD ZULA, 48, former pastor of Sts. Mary and Ann Church in Marianna and Washington counties, PA, received 1 to 5 years in prison for sexually molesting an altar boy. He also got 5 years' probation. He was arrested in 1984 in Somerset County for molesting a boy, 15, pleading guilty in May 1989 to 2 counts of corrupting minors. He still faces sentencing in Washington County after pleading guilty to a similar charge. (Scrantonian Tribune, 12/9/89) BROTHER SALVATORE BILLANTE, 50, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for molesting a boy, 13, as youth director at a Catholic camp. He also worked at Corpus Christi School in San Francisco. (Bay City News Service, 1989) REV. ROBERT A. KULZER, 65, was convicted of molesting 2 boys at Faith Temple Church, in Brighton. He was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison but it was stayed pending appeal, meaning if he can make $10,000 cash bail he will not serve time yet. The married grandfather was convicted of 3 counts of sodomy and 1 count each of promoting prostitution, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child involving boys aged 12 to 16. Abuse included oral sex with a 16 year old boy, putting a condom on a 12 year old boy during a discussion about "the facts of life," and arranging for a boy to have sex with a 62 year old woman in the parsonage. Defense involved Kulzer's "good deeds," including being a missionary in Africa. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 12/13/89) --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (16) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:25 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 8 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:79f3 1453ab20 REV. THOMAS WELSCH, 39, and his wife Jean, 40, were sentenced to 30 years in prison with all but 6 years suspended, after pleading guilty to 5 counts each of child sexual abuse. Originally they were charged with 571 counts involving 3 victims. Welsch and his wife abused twin sisters, 13, and a 17 year old girl. He was pastor at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Cambridge, MD for 10 years. The state's attorney praised all 3 victims for showing "a lot of courage" in testifying against their popular pastor. (Washington Post, 12/10/89; The Sun) REV. JAMES A. FORSYTHE of Holy Cross Church, Overland Park, KS, pleaded guilty to charges of having sexual relations with a teenage boy about 20 times. Forsythe, 35, molested the boy in the rectory of the church, where he was pastor for 2 years. He was relieved of his duties and was receiving counseling pending the sentencing. A therapist reported suspicions to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. A statement by Archbishop Ignatius J. Strecker of Kansas City, KS seemed to place child molestation on par with extramarital sex: "God's wondrous gift of human sexuality is made beautiful in the holy bonds of marriage. On the other hand, it loses its beauty and its wonder when it is offended in or outside of marriage. It is all the more so when the offender is someone as trusted as a Catholic priest." (Kansas City Star, 12/8,9/89) BROTHER MARCEL CRETE, 55, at the Notre Dame Institute in Alfred, ME, pleaded guilty to 5 counts of gross sexual misconduct for having sex with a boy, 12, in 1983. Two other charges were outside the statute of limitation. Crete operated a public skating rink in an old barn. The victim picked apples in the Institute's orchard, worked in the kitchen and spent some nights in a room close to Crete's. Crete underwent counseling for 6 months in Maryland. "We feel that he's doing everything that he can, he can't do any more than he's doing," said Brother Patrick Menard, head of the Institute. (Journal Tribune [Biddeford, ME], 9/19/89) REV. WILLIAM MURRAY HENDRICKS JR., 50, pastor of Clay Hill Baptist Church, pleaded guilty to 2 counts of lewd & lascivious assault on a minor. The victim: a girl, 7, molested at the church, parish house in 1988 where he pastored for 15 years. As a plea bargain he agreed not to perform pastoral duties until his probation ended. (Florida Times-Union, 9/19/89) It took a jury only 28 minutes to find ANTONIO S. MARTINEZ, 59, a Pentecostal evangelist from Mathis, FL, guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a girl, 12. He claimed they had a common-law marriage. He first assaulted her when she was 11 and in 5th grade. Her grandmother forced her into the arrangement. A doctor turned Martinez in after Martinez asked him why she didn't become pregnant. (Corpus-Christi Caller Times, 9/27,28/89) REV. JIM "PAPA" CATER, 50 founder and head of Living World Church in Dickson Co., TN was indicted on 6 new counts of child sexual abuse, for a total of 56 charges. The crimes reportedly occurred at the church compound during April, May and June 1989. The state raided the church in June, taking 11 children into protective custody, ordering him to close his illegally operating residential child-care facility. Cater became a minister after converting while serving time in Florida for strong-armed robbery and forgery. His ministry specialized in helping recovering alcoholics & addicts. Following the arrests, he was injured in the county jail after inmates attacked him, calling him "baby raper." (Huntsville Times, 11/9/89) JAMES ALLEN WELLER, 31, a day care teacher and youth counselor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Redwood City, CA, was booked on 20 counts of child molestation., oral copulation, sexual battery and child exploitation. A counselor in another state contacted police after a boy reported being abused by Weller. Boys ages 13 to 17 told police he paid or tricked them into posing for pornographic photographs over the last 3 years. Weller was also a Boy Scout leader and coached a youth basketball team at the church. Church officials hired him even though they knew he was a convicted felon who had served 6 years in prison for bank fraud, and was on parole. (San Jose Mercury News, 12/2/89) FATHER LUCIEN MEUNIER, 74, retired from a rural parish in British Columbia, was extradited from West Palm Beach to stand trial on charges of molesting 6 boys in the 1950s and 1960s. At least 7 boys and 1 girl have accused him of molestation when he worked as a parish priest in BC and Saskatchewan, sometimes at the church altar, in the rectory or church car. One victim said when Meunier fondled him, he "talked of how God had given these beautiful things...to enjoy." "Father Meunier told me that it was God's will that I should do this for him, and that it was just like a confessional where no one is supposed to tell anyone," the man --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (17) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:27 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 9 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b9e3 1453ab60 wrote in a sworn statement. After performing oral sex on the boy, "he would then say short little prayers of praise." Another man signed a statement that Meunier molested him at a table just before the family gathered for dinner. "After saying grace and during the course of the dinner...Meunier had me masturbate him." Meunier pleaded no contest to 2 counts of child molestation at a South Phoenix Catholic Church in 1975 and was ordered in 1976 to serve 1 to 3 years in prison. (Palm Beach Post, 12/2/89; 1/13/90) Charges of sex crimes against minors were filed in Spokane Co. against 4 members of the hedonistic sect, C.E. Hobbs Foundation of Religious Training and Education. Two members were previously charged with similar offenses in Pend Oreille Co. Young women reported being sexually exploited as teenagers by adult church members during "sharing sessions" condoned by founder Clifford E. Hobbs. Officials are probing a transfer of the church's $10 million complex to a family trust, to protect Hobbs from civil lawsuits or IRS action. Hobbs, a steelworker-turned-evangelist who transferred his Illinois church to Washington in 1976, hasn't been charged with any crimes. (Skagit Valley Herald, 11/25/89) FATHER WILLIAM GROVES, pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Ignacio, Colorado, pleaded "not guilty" on Dec. 1 to 3 felony charges related to child molestation and 2 misdemeanor charges. A trial date was set for April. Groves, 37, represented by a public defender, is "on retreat." He previously served in Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. Hildy Ochtrup, pastoral assistant, declared: "He's a blessing" and parishioners are "grateful to have Father Hall [sic] here." (Chronicle of Catholic Life, 12/89) WALTER HEROLDO SOLIS, 54, charged with molesting 3 girls at Glendale Spanish 7th-day Adventist Church in Glendale, was killed Nov. 29 after stepping into a traffic lane in what police believe was a suicide. (LA Times, 12/8/89) ROY YOUNG, 29, charged in Washington state in 3 molestation cases, is now suspected of molesting dozens of boys in Austin, TX, whom he befriended as a volunteer for youth programs at 2 churches. He lived in Austin for 8 years until moving to Washington 18 months ago, where he was busted for molesting boys in bible study groups he formed. Police seized a collection of photographs, some pornographic, involving as many as 65 Texas boys (ages 8 to 13). At least 4 Texas youths say they were molested. Police regard the photographed boys as suspected victims. Young, who is not married, is accused of performing sex acts in front of Austin children, showing them adult movies, giving them massages, photographing some in the nude and providing some with alcohol. For years he took young boys to movies, dinner, roller-skating, camping and on motorcycle rides, buying kids watches, boots, bracelets & gifts. He also invited youths to spend the night with him. "He gained the confidence of the parents by pretending to be a devout Christian who wanted to enhance the spiritual life of the kids," said a detective. (Austin-American Statesman, 12/8/89) REV. BRUCE RITTER, 62, founder of a $85-million-a-year fundraising operation called Covenant House, was accused by a benefactor of having sexual relations with him, and improperly spending $25,000 of program money on him. The Manhattan DA is investigating charges. After a search by Covenant House, a Texas college professor came forward saying the accuser is his son -- a "pathological liar" with a personality disorder. Covenant House operates in about 15 US and Canadian cities and 4 Central American countries, sending blue-and-white vans into the streets looking for young runaways. Ritter has been honored recently by Ronald Reagan and Pres. Bush, as well as being mentioned in a 1984 State of the Union address. Ritter admits he took several trips with his accuser, Kevin Lee Kite, spending nights alone with him. He called that an "almost unforgivable" lapse in judgment. He says he has shared his rooms with hundreds of runaway youths over the last 20 years. Covenant House has been criticized for ineffectiveness, and for its "mentor" program whereby staff spend free time with kids, inviting troubled youth home with them. "The mentors are encouraged to take the kids home and treat them as their own children," said spokesperson John Kells. Ritter says an audit proves Covenant House spent "only" $9,800 to house, employ and help educate Kite, lower than the average of $15,000 (!) usually spent on a case. About 10% of its funds are public. (LA Times, 12/16/89; New York Times, 12/15, 21/89; AP, 12/15/89) REV. RENE POIRER, 46, a popular priest at Sacred Heart Church in Chapleau, Ontario, surrendered after a warrant was issued on 2 charges of sexual assault. He was known for "helping the poor" in the Philippines, where he spent 12 years, and Haiti. (Spectator, 11/14,15/89) --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (18) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:30 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 10 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3093 1453abc0 A priest from Toronto was charged with sexual abuse of a girl under 14 for an incident occurring in British Columbia. The judge banned publication of the priest's name. (Spectator, 11/13/89) Following the arrest of JAMES BOWEN, 51, a religious school teacher, on 84 child pornography counts, a legislator is seeking a review of private school rules. Florida law did not prevent Bowen from opening his own school despite a 1966 conviction for child molestation. Minimum qualifications for teachers & course standards are not required. Ten percent of school children attend private schools in Florida, most religious. (Miami Herald, 9/28/89) REV. ANGEL CANDALARIA, 70, was charged with sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a girl, 10, at his church in Vineland, NJ. (Daily Journal, 11/15/89) MICHAEL GILFORD, 36, was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault & criminal sexual abuse for molesting girls at a YWCA camp in Round Lake, IL where he was visiting. (News-Sun [Waukegan, IL], 10/21/89) $450,000 jury award against UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF ILLINOIS upheld by Judge Stuart Shiffman involving REV. WILLIAM FYFFE, who molested 3 brothers in Macon, 1982. Church held responsible because it knew Fyffe had molested boy at Taylor Ridge parish, 1975, but still ordained him, expunged records of counseling for molestation, transferred to community unaware of episode. Fyffe served nearly 3 years of prison after pleading guilty to Macon molestings. (Quad-City Times, 9/7/89; 10/18/89) Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix was sued by couple whose 2 sons were victims of REV. GEORGE BREDEMANN, 47, serving 1 year in jail. Also named are priest, St. Catherine of Sienna Church. Public was shocked by priest's light sentence in July, since he admitted molesting boys sent to him for counseling for previous sexual abuse, plus 15 others in past. Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien intervened on priest's behalf, then "apologized." (Arizona Republic, 8/10/89) Lawsuits were filed against REV. ALBERT C. MAGNUSON, pastor, Redeemer Covenant Church, Brooklyn Park, MN, for molesting 3 brothers, their sister, seminary student nearly 20 years ago when they went to him for counseling. Church, church's Northwest Conference likewise sued for negligence. (Star Trib., 6/89) Parents of boy molested by Newfoundland priest JAMES HICKEY are suing Archbishop Alphonsus Penney for negligence, the 1st lawsuit following 18 charges or convictions against Newfoundland priests. Other victims are suing government. Hickey was sentenced Sept. 1988 to 5 years in prison for assaulting 20 boys since 1970. Parents say Penney knew of abuse but did nothing. (Hamilton Spectator, 9/2/89) Father is suing Methodist Home of New Orleans, charging that son, 12, was molested by counselor during field trip. REV. DALE HAGGARD pleaded guilty in Jan. 1989, was sentenced to 4 years' probation, 500 hours community service, therapy. Haggard, Louisiana Methodist Conference also named. Suit alleges Conference knew Haggard "had a propensity to engage in sexual acts with young boys." (Times-Picayune, 7/19/89) Lawsuit against REV. THOMAS ADAMSON, Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis & Winona Diocese, was settled out of court for undisclosed amount. This is most recent of four suits involving Adamson to be settled; 20 other victims are suspected. Case involved boy, 13, molested on recreational outings. Suit charged church with continuing to assign Adamson to parishes after learning of sexual abuse. (St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, 9/20/89) Father of young child raped by HEATH TURNER, 16, childcare worker at First United Methodist Church, Mount Dora, is suing church for negligence. Turner convicted of assaulting child at church with toy boat, finger, ice. Church's youth minister, RALPH SMITH, testified on Turner's behalf, has since been charged with indecent assault of child. Suit says church failed to check backgrounds, supervise childcare, Sunday school classes. (Daily Commercial, 10/10/89) Man, 25, suing Portland Archdiocese, REV. JOHN GOODRICH for $2.5 million in damages because priest abused for 14 years (1974- 1988) on church premises. Diocese officials knew of Goodrich's conduct as early as 1973, according to suit. (Oregonian, 9/14/89) Six girls sexually abused by REV. FRANCIS G. HAIGHT, head of ex-Baptist Christian Academy, Monroe, WI, awarded total of $57,440 in court settlements. Haight serving 20 year term for molesting children; is eligible for parole in 4 years. (8/14/89) An undisclosed out-of-court settlement was made by the Mormon Church to Cynthia Brown of Mesa, who accused the church of failing to report to law enforcement authorities that a man had molested her daughter, age 2. A July 1988 ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals had compelled two Mormon bishops and another church official to testify about conversations they had with RICHARD --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (19) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:32 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 11 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e192 1453ac00 KENNETH RAY about molesting children. Ray, 47, was sentenced in Sept. 1984 to 61 years in prison for molesting 5 girls, including Brown's daughter. (Arizona Republic, 1/11/90) In a precedent-setting decision, the Anglican church made a secret out-of-court settlement of damages to an altar boy molested by a parish priest 4 years ago. REV. CHARLES GRIGGS, 61, former rector of St. Bede's, near Winnipeg, pleaded guilty in 1986 to charges of molesting a 13 year old. He received a 2 year suspended sentence and was ordered to receive counseling. Anglican officials offered wide and glowing support for Griggs after his confession. An uproar resulted when Archbishop Walter Jones allowed Griggs to continue as rector following his conviction, saying Griggs' confession of sin was sufficient repentance. Jones removed him from his post a month later. Griggs left the priesthood and lives in rural Manitoba. Molestings occurred after church services and at the priest's home. The family says former diocese bishop Barry Valentine had received complaints about Griggs prior to assaults on their son, but did nothing. Bishop Valentine, now in Baltimore, MD, says he received "only one" complaint, and immediately removed him as director of a diocesan summer camp. the Anglican Journal editorialized: "Similar incidents, just as serious, have received little or no publicity because ecclesiastical authorities have stepped in, quietly removed the priest from the parish, appeared with him in court and arranged for psychiatric help. But although such action protects the church's image, it gives little public warning to priests of the consequences they face for a breach of trust, and nothing to alert society that it has an alarming problem in its midst." (Anglican Journal, May 1989) The Catholic Diocese of Altoona and Johnstown, PA says turning over documents from its "secret archive" about a molesting priest would violate state/church separation. A man, 20, claiming REV. FRANCIS E. LUDDY, 47, molested him when he was ages 9 to 16, asked a Somerset Co. court to order release of the records. Luddy is on leave of absence at a Catholic treatment home in New Mexico. (Scranton Times, 12/19/89) Parents of 2 Norfolk boys sexually assaulted by their Cub Scout leader filed a $35 million lawsuit against Boy Scouts of America & the sponsoring Mormon Church. Both groups were called negligent for failing to check the background of Scout leader ERIC PATRICK "RICKY" AVANT, 29, who is serving 26 years in prison after admitting he molested the boys. Avant was convicted of similar offenses in 1979. (Washington Post, 11/1/89) GARY HAMBRIGHT, a Southern Baptist minister accused of molesting dozens of children at the Presidio daycare in San Francisco, died of AIDS Nov. 8. Between 60-102 tots were suspected victims of child sexual abuse by Hambright and others, but 2 investigations led to dismissal of charges. Five children had contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease. The Army daycare was closed. Parents have filed more than $60 million in claims against the Army alleging negligence led to sexual abuse of kids. The claims haven't been heard. Hambright died maintaining his innocence, leaving an obituary rife with references to "my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." A Presidio spokesperson said none of the children have shown signs of AIDS. (San Jose Mercury News, 1/5/90; Orange Co. Register, 1/6/90) Mount Cashel orphanage, a once-respected 90-year-old orphanage in St. John's, Newfoundland, will close. Run by the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers, it is the subject of a government inquiry and police investigations, leading to the charging of 9 brothers and former brothers with sexually and physically abusing orphan boys. Nineteen other priests or brothers in Newfoundland have also been charged or convicted of similar sex crimes. Most of the orphanage crimes occurred in the 1970s. The inquiry is investigating why a 1975 police probe was halted, maybe covered up. In November, BROTHER GERARD COX was charged with 3 counts of sexually abusing boys there; 38 orphans will be transferred out. MSGR. WILLIAM BOONE, 65, of Corner Brook, was also charged in November with indecent assault and gross indecency against a young man. (Canadian Press, 11/11/89; Buffalo News, 12/3/89) REV. VAUGHAN QUINN, flamboyant ex-director of Detroit's Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center for alcoholics, agreed to pay $20,000 to a woman charging he raped her while she was a patient in 1986. Sacred Heart will also pay her $10,000 to settle a suit charging he abused their "psychotherapist-patient and priest-penitent relationship" to "force and coerce her" into sex. A recovering alcoholic himself, Quinn built Sacred Heart into one of Michigan's largest residential alcoholic treatment centers, and was socially well-connected. Actor Mike Connors wanted to star Robert Redford --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (20) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:34 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 12 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:d292 1453ac40 in a movie about him. The production never panned out. Quinn resigned in 1987, and is now chaplain at Collins Bay Institution, a medium security prison in Kingston, Ontario. (Detroit Free Press, 1/4/90) BAD MONEY The Vatican bank ("Institute for Religious Works") agreed to pay $250 million to the creditors of Banco Ambrosiano. Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, the "Pope's Banker," was accused of being an accessory to the fraudulent bankruptcy of the bank, which collapsed in 1982 amid mysterious deaths. In 1988, an Italian court annulled a warrant for the arrest of Marcinkus, who had been given sanctuary at the Vatican, saying Italy had no jurisdiction over Vatican affairs. (LA Times, 3/10/89) Although more than $300,000 was raised since 1973 by an Episcopal Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania, to benefit impoverished Pine Ridge Sioux, the tribe has not received it. Good Samaritan Episcopal Church minister Daniel Sullivan did not ask for an accounting of the money, given to REV. FRANCIS APPLE, a Sioux Indian, to oversee. The money was meant to pay for a cattle herd, a children's home, alcoholism treatment and other aid. The only Indian family to benefit, however, appears to be Father Apple's. He is under investigation by the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota. At least 6 other Episcopal churches sent money to Apple. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/1/89) A live-in maid was accused of using drugs and forgery to take more than $800,000 from a 71 year old paraplegic widow, then donating most of the loot to a North Carolina ministry. Fountain of Life insisted the donations were given by the widow freely and used for "God's work." (News & Observer, 5/2/89) REV. AL SHARPTON was arraigned on charges of stealing $250,000 from National Youth Movement, a charitable group he launched as a youth in New York. Sharpton was involved in the Tawana Brawley case. (AP/Wisconsin State Journal, 6/30/89) A Chicago circuit judge ordered 70 people who participated in an illegal pyramid scheme to return the $12,000 each received from the venture. South Side preacher T.L. BARRETT engineered three pyramid schemes taking in more than $3 million between May and November, 1988, allegedly to help the needy. (Chicago Sun Times, 6/27/89) A Chicago pastor and his daughter were indicted by federal authorities for using his deceased niece, who had muscular dystrophy, to collect nearly $1 million in fraudulent life insurance proceeds. REV. COLUMBUS EWINGS, 57, pastor of Community Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, named himself as her beneficiary to collect money, using his daughter and others to impersonate her after she died in 1987, and concealing her medical condition. (Chicago Tribune, 6/28/89) A 72 year old Indianapolis man was robbed of $2,607 at knifepoint by a bible-toting trio who invited him to a religious study group. (Sun, 7/11/89) REV. JOSEPH L. DAVIS, a close friend of the mayor of East St. Louis, was convicted of operating a major cocaine ring and laundering drug profits through Mount Zion Baptist Church. Davis lived luxuriously and conducted antidrug seminars for youngsters. His congregation stood behind him. (AP/Clinton Herald, 7/22/89) A civil suit by 9 members of the House of Prayer at Zebulon charge that leaders enriched themselves by requiring members to give the church their paychecks. Pastor CHARLES E. SMITH and EVANGELINE SMITH collected more than $600,000 in 2 years to buy real estate, according to the suit. (Mrs. Smith served a month in jail along with 12 other female church members for assaulting 3 of the plaintiffs because the pastor had seduced them.) (News & Observer [Raleigh, NC], 7/7/89) REV. ROY GREENHILL was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison for swindling an 83 year old man out of $40,000 in a scam to publish a revised version of the bible. He bilked Georgians and South Carolinians of nearly $400,000. (Atlanta Constitution, 7/21/89) REV. JOSEPH OCTAVIO TYE is charged with embezzling as much as $500,000 from an Arizona church, but supporters staged letter- writing campaigns and rallies to protest the popular priest's arrest. (Arizona Daily Star, 8/9/89) REV. EUGENE PROFETA was released from county jail in New York after serving part of a 6 month sentence for filing a false tax return and witness tampering. Profeta was ordered to pay $26,000 in back taxes too. Jessica Hahn had sought help from him after being raped by Jim Bakker. His congregation at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church on Long Island continues to support him. (New York Times, 7/22/89) DAVID and JAMES TAGGART, PTL aides, were convicted of evading $525,000 in income taxes on money they took from PTL. (New York Times, 7/26/89) Richard Dortch, former VP of the PTL Club, was sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined $200,000 for bilking followers of --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (21) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:36 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 13 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0393 1453ac80 millions. Fraud involved "lifetime partnerships" that Jim Bakker and Dortch sold at Heritage USA. A one-time $1,000 donation supposedly entitled partners to 3 nights' free lodging each year, but partnerships were oversold and the hotels were never built or were not completed. (New York Times, 8/26/89) A Missouri couple who sealed their deals with prayer were charged with bilking about 75 investors, many of them older people who handed over life savings, of $3 to $5 million. PAUL and JUDITH BROCK of Neosho were also named in a civil suit by some investors. (Kansas City Times, 8/8/89) ROBERT W. CAULEY, an Avon, Ohio priest, pleaded no contest to reduced charges of stealing $40,000. He was originally accused of stealing more than $100,000 from two elderly women (claiming he would safeguard or invest their egg nests). The women said they had not come forward because they did not want to disgrace the church. (Plain Dealer, 8/22/89) REV. MERTON PEKRUL, pastor of Family Bible Church, Mesa, AZ, was fined $100,000, ordered to pay $398,000 to 8 victims and sentenced to a year and a half in prison for his role in a $400,000 gold-digging scheme. He was also fined $58,000 by the Arizona Corporation Commission for various securities violations. He pleaded no contest to reduced charges of abetting an illegal enterprise, in exchange for testifying against his partner. Pekrul still has defenders, even among some of his victims. In the 1970s, Pekrul's ministry took the Evangelical Free Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI $200,000 in debt. (Tempe Daily News Tribune, 7/15,29/89; Arizona Republic, 8/19/89) Community Churches, a fundamentalist church in Glendale, CA, improperly spent $117,787 earmarked for low-income housing, then tried to sell the building for a huge profit. HUD found that funds for the 150-unit high rise had paid officers of the church and had been used to purchase 2 vans for church events. HUD reached a settlement with the church on misspent money, not specified. AP/Miami Herald, 8/28/89) An Oakland public school payroll clerk was accused of using her bible study group in a scheme to embezzle more than $24,000 from the district. MARIE LOUISE BELL was charged with grand theft for overpaying janitors, who kicked back money to her. (LA Times, 8/27/89) Bank robber JAMES HATCH said he robbed a bank of $2,500 in June in order to donate it to the "Lord's Covenant Church," which teaches "that the Federal Reserve System was causing the collapse of the American economy." After Hatch had donated $7,000 in cash, he said a church member called and urged him to rob a bank. (Deseret News [Salt Lake City], 9/89) Three men with ties to Olivet Nazarene University bilked friends and associates of $1 million in a phony investment scheme, charged Neil Hartigan, Illinois Attorney General. Hartigan said they "shamelessly misused the good will of the people of the church and the community." (AP/Quad-City Times, 9/29/89) A jury convicted PTL leader Jimmy Bakker of all 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors said he diverted $3.7 million of the $158 million sent in for PTL partnerships for his own use. He received 10 years in prison. The Eternal Crown Ministries run by REV. EDGAR HARTIGAN and partner CHARLES GOLLAHON was termed "the most convoluted labyrinth that I have ever seen as part of a plot to defraud people" by a banking attorney. A mansion in Dayton, Ohio housed a church, production company, broadcasting school and modeling agency, serving as a front so the men could take advantage of its tax- exempt status for their businesses. The men have several unpaid loans through a bank in West Alexandria, almost causing the bank to fold. Hartigan pleaded guilty to aiding in the misappropriation of bank funds. A civil lawsuit is in progress. (Dayton Daily News, 10/29/89) PHILIP SHIRL, who operates Lincoln Ministerial Alliance, was charged with embezzling federal funds for emergency food and shelter. Shirl is accused of using $1,654.50 for personal use. (Northwest Arkansas Morning News, 10/29/89) Teresa Brown, who formerly ran a notorious bordello in San Antonio, won a civil lawsuit against three Christians who recruited her to their church, then swindled her of a number of her homes. A jury awarded her $172,500. One defendant, Amos Villanueva, was found guilty of swindling another woman of her home. (San Antonio Light, 11/8/89) A building contractor who filed bankruptcy in 1988 says he wants to raise $20-$30 million in public contributions to open "HeavensBank," a national bank whose profits would aid TV ministries such as Jimmy Swaggart. Charles Hopkins, of Indiana, admits he knows nothing about banking but plans to raise $1 million a day for a month using pledge cards mailed to Indiana churches. (AP/Lafayette Journal & Courier, 11/12/89) The pastor of Airport Baptist Church in Des Moines resigned --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (22) Mon 19 Feb 90 21:37 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Clergy Abuse part 14 of 14 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b492 1453aca0 after telling his congregation that he took an unspecified amount of church money. No legal action was planned against REV. DAVID CORTNER. (Clinton Herald, 11/15/89) A judge called SISTER ELIZABETH MANHERTZ, 71, "despicable" for stealing $3,441 from deceased residents of a nursing home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The nun pocketed money she was supposed to return to relatives by forging signatures. The home she administered was found to be dirty, cockroach-ridden and inadequately staffed. (Ottawa Citizen, 11/3/89) The Indianapolis Securities Commission is spending half its time and resources looking into complaints against religious groups, according to Securities Commissioner Mark E. Maddox. The state agency issued a cease-and-desist order against REV. LARRY LILLY, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Avon, Indiana, stopping sales of unregistered bonds. Church members said $1.6 million is missing and they question Rev. Lilly's lifestyle of sports cars and private planes. The televangelist left a church in Virginia $350,000 in debt. Other action was pending against Fairhaven Church of Chesterton for selling unregistered bonds and promissory notes, and against a British West Indies group selling unregistered securities to members of Amish communities in southeastern Indiana. (Indianapolis Star, 11/11/89) MSGR. EUGENE F. HOTCHKISS, 68, was convicted in Oshkosh, WI of embezzling more than $46,000 from donations, collection envelopes and fees to his church over a four year period. (Milwaukee Sentinel, 11/10/89) REVS. SAM JOHNSON and JOHN WESLEY FLETCHER, two associates of Jim Bakker, were indicted for lying to a federal grand jury about $10,000 in hush money paid to silence Jessica Hahn. (USA Today, 12/5/89) The Roman Catholic Church sent the mayor of Levico Terme, Italy a bill for $22,000 for a series of special Masses celebrated since 1630, requested during the plague! The US Supreme Court refused to overturn rulings forcing Louisiana-based Jimmy Swaggart Ministries to pay California $183,000 in back taxes. --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (23) Fri 23 Feb 90 12:40 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Comments on Clergy Abuse Articles... St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:770f 14576500 Today's religion and psychology are inseparably linked. This is especially true of contemporary Christianity. As seen in the Clergy and Laity Abuse topic here the cost of ignoring one's deepest needs far exceeds the benefit of ignoring or repressing that need. Yet that is just what Pauline Christianity demands the follower do. Paul preached celibacy with marriage a second best option to stop the 'burning'. Jesus said to be 'perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect', that there are eunuchs for heaven's sake; for a married man to look upon a woman with lust in his heart was the same as adultery. Both men come from a time when pregnancy could mean the death of a fetus and/or mother; not to mention the medical and mental problems of untreatable venereal disease. Both men transmitted to their followers an impossible task. And still after 2000 year the Sisyphean task of repressing deep inner needs drives many a Christian to desperate states of mind and body. Why? Today's psychology can tell us why and what the costs are of such behavior. In the following quote from Willam Glasser M.D., co-originator of REALITY THERAPY with Dr. G.L. Harrington, there are a few terms which need defining. ERROR is desire for or the pain of not experiencing what is (sometimes desperately) needed or wanted. REDIRECTION is doing some behavior taken from a _mental_storehouse_ of previously successful behaviors. REORGANIZATION is doing _random_ behaviors that may or may not be a viable solution to the (sometimes great) pain or desire which pushed us past redirection. "Self-control or self-discipline, as most of us believe in it, is a myth. It cannot exist, because if we cannot reduce the error [desire or pain], the error signal will cause us to reorganize [behave randomly]. Few authors understood this as well as Somerset Maugham, who, in the story RAIN, depicts the married but passion-starved missionary, Rev. Davidson, desperately attempting to control his own sexual frustrations through zealous religious redirection. Until he was aroused by the prostitute Sadie Thompson, praying and proselytizing kept the conflict under tenuous control, but his unexpected passion for her, which he frantically tried to repress, made him desperate. He redirected [known successful behavior] with prayer for hours on end to maintain the behavior of repressing, to try to keep unconscious the desire for her that was causing him to lose control. His efforts to convert her seemed to be succeeding when suddenly his self-control broke and he succumbed to her sexually. When this happened his conflict was so severe he reorganized [random behaviors] by killing himself. What Maugham knew is that we cannot stop the system. One can pray, condemn, damn, or entreat, but repressing will eventually fail and we will either redirect or reorganize. It may be that when we talk of self-control, self-discipline, or repressing in the sense of completely stopping our behavior system what we are really talking about is suicide, murder, psychosis, or serious illness, desperate reorganizations that destroy one or the other or both sides of the conflict." STATIONS OF THE MIND, page 141, William Glasser M.D. In the Clergy and Laity Abuse files we see the fruit of such repression. These were normal, innocent folks until the schizophrenic teachings of their role models drove them into reorganization. Even as these people bear the responsibility of their crimes, their role models--Jesus and St. Paul--have contributed heavily to their crimes. These mental and emotional problems show up first in the most fervent and zealous, then trickles down into the lesser dedicated followers. Fundamentalists are more likely to explode than liberal Christians. As Fundamentalist become more desperate to accomplish their Great Commission and if nothing is done to change the belief system to allow for human sexual needs we will probably see more of these abuses. When schizophrenic Gods give Sisyphean tasks to mortals it's time to change the game or maybe just forget the game entirely. --- QuickBBS v2.62 [Eval] * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (24) Sat 24 Feb 90 10:48 By: the Bard To: All Re: pome St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 1458561c * SONG OF THE PIG'S SIDE -Bob Kanefsky (after Rudyard Kipling) Once we feared the Beast, when he came we ran away And hid in our homes though we knew That our fenced-in home could not keep the Beast at bay But what could we pen-dwellers do The Beast made short work of the guards in our yards Snuffed out our fires with his paw But now we are sheltered one and all by a wall Secure in our sturdy house of straw So shout it to the falcons on the crest-- be impressed Neighbors stand back in awe This is the latest Beast-proof hut, keep it shut This is the house of straw. Straw's light weight let us build it in a day And it`s real easy stuff to weave But the Beast came by and he blew our home away And we thought that it might be best to leave So we made a hasty beeline for the wood, those who could And we stopped by a stream for a rest And we noticed how the beavers had played tricks with some sticks And thought maybe sticks work best So shout it to the eagles in the sky, let him try Let the Beast show up and take his licks This is the latest Beast-proof hut, keep it shut This is the house of sticks Sticks seem strong and they serve the beavers well But they gave us their own short ends For we live on land and as any fool can tell A dry stick will break before it bends So the Beast came back and he huffed and he puffed And he let loose with a mighty blast of air When materials are stressed more than they can take they will break All those who would build beware But we the last survivors of the pen tried again Where there's a problem there's a fix This is the latest Beast-proof hut-- keep it shut This is the house of bricks The Beast came back and he tried the same attack That had worked for him in the past But the well-built house and attractive chimney stack By their strength and weight held fast The Beast seeing bricks are not straw or sticks Slid down the chimney in a dive But ah-- we were waiting with a pot boiling hot And thus was the monster cooked alive Our sows and our little ones will feast on roast Beast And no more little pigs will be picked off We won't fear the crunching sound of feet as we eat Muzzles buried in the feeding trough We can eat with our tails stuck up in the breeze if we please We can sleep after meals in the mud For the big bad wolf we feared as the Beast is deceased Hogkind has spilled his blood! * --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (25) Thu 1 Mar 90 19:24 By: Ammond Shadowcraft To: All Re: Techniques for the Witch Hunters St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:5bbb 14619b00 STRATEGIES FOR THE USING THE CLERGY ABUSE FILES The Witch Hunter has absolutely no authority to decided who has and has not the Spirit of Christ living within. Only their God has that privilege. They can reference only themselves. When they say these people aren't Christians, they are in "sin". They can't make that determination. The _status_ of Christian for these perpetrators is irrelevant. As long as these folks come from within the Christian churches they will have to look for the abusers there. There is ample proof that these folks are there in numbers. Just today the media released information on a Denver Area youth minister (for three Pres. churches), Bryan Bush, 31, who molested 30 boys on 50 occasions. This announcement is many years after the fact. The victims are now grown. The abuse in the witch hunter's church, if it exists, is hidden and will have to be ferreted out. It was a psychologist in Texas who reported the abuse in Colorado to Denver authorities. They can't fully deny abuse until they have taken a close look at their churches. Don't attack the hardened spear point. Attack the softest part of the organization. The soft hand and foot provide the support for the spear tip. Metaphorically get behind the witch hunter and attack there. Write to or talk with the directors of the organization. Time will take its toll. We let the witch hunting organizations know that the 'evil one' is within their midst. [After all he is.] They should be looking there for their quarry. We provide scriptural support for cleaning their house. Tell them to take the mote out of their own eyes. Also that they are hypocrites for taking money looking for Satanists outside the church when their own ranks are affected. We let them know that the media is looking at them as they decide to clean their house. We substitute for the _invisible_ Satanist for the extremely _visable_ and possibly abusive Clergyman or layperson. Send a copy to your local medias. Let them know that abuse exists in the Clergy's ranks. Send copies of clippings of abuse you get from friends. Posit that the witch hunters are askew and possibly hiding clergy abuse within their ranks. That's reasonable to say because many churches and organizations cover up the abuse for years before the victims break the news to the public. A hidden fundamentalist sect in Colorado Springs (with no name non-the-less) abused children and women for years. A girlfriend's 2 year-old boy was a victim. The small, unwatched fundamentalist groups that spring up around a charismatic pastor are the most likely to suffer and hide abuse. Generally these groups have no building nor standard meeting place. They will be hard to find. The higher the internal pressure to perform the higher the repression, the higher the chance of abuse. Keep you ears open for rumor. Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them look over their shoulders for the investigative reporter, the listening ear, the photographic eye. Provide reasonable suspicion and doubt. What their say and how they respond is _not_ important. What they think is. Over time they will either back off or go non-linear. Both responses can be used to turn public opinion against them. Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them prove they have cleaned their houses first. Let them laugh and scorn what they may. The media and the public opinion will water the seeds of doubt we plant. When they know we are watching them they will desist from their attacks. Copyright Ammond Shadowcraft March 1990 --- QuickBBS 2.64 (Eval) * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (26) Fri 2 Mar 90 20:59 By: The Wizard To: Lady Guinevere Re: Dreams St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0 25ef8cde TThe best I can offer, and I am by no means an expert, is this; Since previously you have only dreamt foretellings of yourself, it may be nearly safe to assume that you are involved here as well. Methinks you are a witness somehow to parts of this. Perhaps you will shortly see the girls, and you will see one killed as you described and the other shot. As for your friend, the best I can make of that is that you will witness your friend being attacked. Despite the martial arts training, those who attack him are either better or perhaps catch him by surprise or something similar and he cannot defend himself. As such, you come into the picture and beat the crap out of the guys with the nearest blunt object you can lay your hands on. The relation between the girls' incident(s) and your friend's is a little fuzzy, and mayhaps there is no relation. But in any case this is what comes to my mind as far as an intepretation. --The Wizard --- ZMailQ 1.10 @1:231/250.0 * Origin: IndyServe QBBS -=- Indiana -=- 317-849-4007 *HST* (1:231/250) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (27) Wed 7 Mar 90 17:21 By: Lone Star To: All Re: Fyi 1/2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:ce81 8aaa1467 From Gwinnett Daily News Tuesday, March 6, 1990 Cardinal discloses exorcisms in New York The Associated Press Theologians expressed surprise Monday about Cardinal John O'Connor's disclosure that the rare rite of exorcism has bee performed twice in New York in a year. But other ceremonies dealing with evil spirits, including a baptismal prayer, are more common in the Roman Catholic Church. O'Connor mentioned the exorcisms during a sermon Sunday and to reporters afterward. He said heavy-metal music spiked with satanic lyrics created an atmosphere conducive to devil worship and demonic possession. The cardinal said the exorcisms were approved by the archdiocese's vicar general and appeared to be successful, but gave no other details. He also said the novel "The Exorcist" is a "gruesomely authentic" portrayal of demonic possession. According to a story published Dec. 12 in the San Fransico Chronicle, Pope John Paul II recently increased the number of exorcists in Rome and in Turin, where there are reported 40,000 devil worshippers. Last week, police in Indianapolis asked an unidentified priest to pray and sprinkle holy water in a house after they saw a radio, a vase and other objects inexplicably move. They had been called to investigate a possible burglary after the residents came home and found smashed dishes, windows, a lamp and eggs. A 14-year-old reactive who had been staying there was believed to be involved in devil worship, authorities said. The Rev. Simon Harak, a theology professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said that exorcism, recognized in the church's official book of rituals, is performed for people under the highest form of attack by an evil spirit - people "who are no longer in charge of their own will." Exorcisms are confidential; no figures are kept on the number performed in the United States, said Bill Ryan, spokesman for the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C. But channeling - the phenomenon popularized by actress Shirley MacLaine of speaking through spirits - has similarities to demonic possession. The spirits that emerge during channeling, however, are supposed to be good, not evil, according to the Rev. James T. Burtchaell, theology professor at Notre Dame University. Exorcism existed before the time of Christ, and Harak said it may gain prevalence in times or places of satanic worship. "In the gospels, there's quite a bit of reference to Jesus not only healing people of diseases but freeing them from diabolical possession," Burtchaell said. --- TBBS v2.1/NM * Origin: ATLANTA CONNECTION - MAGICKNET IN ATLANTA (133/205) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (28) Wed 7 Mar 90 17:22 By: Lone Star To: All Re: Fyi 2/2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:ce81 8adc1467 "Ever since then, there have been outbreaks of similar behavior," he said. "It was found that when very holy priests were sent to pray for and about these very troubled people, there would be an increase in the behavior, then eventually a complete liberation from it." Exorcism is more common in countries where Christianity is not well established or where other influences such as voodoo, come into play. Since the 1970's, exorcism has been performed only by a priest approved by a bishop, archbishop or cardinal. "If you ask most bishops in the country, 'Who is your exorcist? they probably wouldn't have one. It's an ad hoc thing," Burtchaell said. "Probably a number of bishops would be surprised to hear there were two in New York," one of the largest dioceses in the nation. Typically, he said, an exorcist must be a "very self possessed, consistently holy man" to survive the experience. "It involves a great deal of self-abuse, bodies being flung around the room, excrement, assumed voices -it's pretty vile stuff." "The average Catholic would have no first-hand information to speak of, " he said. "The darn movie is going to be the image everybody has. But, I must say, events in the movie are very faithful to the stories I've read" about real exorcisms, Burtchaell said. A battery of medical and psychological tests is ordered before some undergoes exorcism. "If a person has Lupus, for instance, and periodically has seizures where they go out of control, that's a chemical imbalance," Harak said. But there also are informal rites to get rid of, or guard against, demons. Harak said a standard, prebaptismal ritual contains "three scrutinies that are really rites of exorcism that have been kind of tamed in the church." "It's not like, 'Oh, my goodness, William Peter Blatty's 'The Exorcist.' It's a recognition that there are good spirits, angels and bad spirits, devils. And the evil spirit hates human nature," Harak said. The church also has a practice called deliverance for ridding "infestations of evil spirit" less serious than possession, Harak said. They are performed every day, by laity as well as priests. This article appeared in a local (Gwinnett County, GA) newspaper. --- TBBS v2.1/NM * Origin: ATLANTA CONNECTION - MAGICKNET IN ATLANTA (133/205) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (29) Thu 8 Mar 90 9:51 By: The Wizard To: Lone Star Re: Fyi 1/2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0 25f787ee The incident here in Indy was blamed by some on "Poltergeists"--Strange manifestations not of the dead but of the living minds. Something to the effect that somebody has an overactive and undercontrolled psyche, and it gets a little nasty at times. At the incident in question, police were summoned for a "burglary" at the given address. One cop said upon arriving, "a frisbee flew past me out the door as it was opened for me, and I thought for a moment that they were fighting the burglar. Then I got inside and something else flew, but there was nobody throwing it . . ." Police on the scene saw these things flying all over the place, and decided it was vandalism, but weren't real sure who or what to apprehend. The young visitor had been sent back to his home some time ago. Somewhat regrettably, the story has gotten far less media attention than I personally would have liked, though it seemed so far out of the "ordinary" that it should have attracted quite a bit of attention. Oh, well, where are the ghostbusters when you need them? --The Wizard --- ZMailQ 1.10 @1:231/250.0 * Origin: IndyServe QBBS -=- Indiana -=- 317-849-4007 *HST* (1:231/250) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (30) Fri 23 Mar 90 10:15 By: the Bard To: All Re: Real Old Time Religion St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 147751fa Just for fun, here's all the verses *I* have for this one...any more out there? THE REAL OLD TIME RELIGION -only a few of the verses... tune: "Old Time Religion" (Chorus): Give me that real old time religion (3X) It's good enough for me! We will have a mighty orgy We will sacrifice to Yuggoth in the honour of Astarte we will sacrifice to Yuggoth it'll be a mighty party Burn a candle for Yog-Soggoth and it's good enough for me! and the Goat With a Thousand Young! We will all be saved by Mithras If your rising sign is Aries We will all be saved by Mithras You'll be taken by the Fairies slay the Bull and play the Zithras Meet the Buddah in Benares on that Resurrection Day! where he'll hit you with a pie! I hear Valkyries a-comin There are people into Voodoo In the air their song is comin there are people into Voodoo they forgot the words! They're hummin! I know I do, I hope you do! but they're good enough for me! and it's good enough for me! We will venerate Bubastis We will read from the Kabahlah We will venerate Bubastis We will read from the Kabahlah If you want in, then just ask us! It won't get us to Valhalla 'cause that's good enough for me! But it's good enough for me! We will all bow down to Enlil There are some who practice Shinto We will all bow down to Enlil there are some who practice Shinto Pass your Cup and get a refill! there's no telling what WE'RE into! With bold Gilgamesh the Brave! but that's good enough for me! We will all see Aphrodite We will all sing Hare Krishna Though she's pretty wild and flighty We will all sing Hare Krishna She will meet us in her nightie It's not mentioned in the Mishna And she's good enough for me! But it's good enough for me! It was good enough for Loki We will all go to Nirvana It was good enough for Loki We will all go to Nirvana He thinks Thor's a little hokey Make a left turn at Urbana and that's good enough for me! And you'll see the Promised Land! Here's to those who copy Conan There will be a lot of lovin Here's to those who copy Conan when we're meetin in our Coven They're just Followers of Onan Quit yer pushin and yer shovin and that's good enough for me! So there's room enough for me! --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (31) Fri 23 Mar 90 10:20 By: the Bard To: All Re: ROTR (pt 2) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 14775280 We will have a mighty Party It was good enough for Sappho In the honor of Astarte With her lady on her lap-o Garb your chiton - don't be tardy She put Lesbos on the map-o 'Cause she's good enough for me! With her pagan poetry! Shall we sing a verse for Venus, Well the Christians all are humming Of the Gods she is the meanest, Cause they say their God is coming, Cause she bit me on my...elbow Our God came three times this evening And it's good enough for me. And that's good enough for me. We will worship like the Druids, Some guys have a circumcision Drinking strange fermented fluids, On account of their religion, Running naked through the woo-ids, An embarrassing incision Coz that's good enough for me. Cut just ENOUGH from me! We will sing a verse for Loki It was good for old Jehovah He's the old Norse god of Chaos He had a son who was a nova! Which is why this verse don't Hey there, Mithras! Move on ova'! rhyme or scan or nothin' Another resurrection Day! But it's good enough for me... It was good for Thor and Odin It could be that you're a Parsi It was good for Thor and Odin It could be that you're a Parsi Grab an axe and get your woad on! Don't need a ticket; you get in free and it's good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! Azahoth is in his Chaos Just like Carlos Castenada Azahoth is in his Chaos Just like Carlos Castenada Now if only he don't sway us It'll get you sooner or later That is good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! If you think that you'll be sav-ed Jerry Falwell thinks he's sav-ed If you think that you'll be sav-ed In a lamb's blood he's been lav-ed If you follow Mogen David And HE thinks that I'M deprav-ed Then that's good enough for me! But that's good enough for me... We will sing to Lady Isis We will all bow down to Dagon She'll stand by us in a crisis We will all bow down to Dagon And She hasn't raised Her prices He still votes for Ronald Reagan And She's good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! There are those who, when they've got e- Normous problems that are knotty They just take them to Hecate Thanks to great Quetzacoatl And that's good enough for me! And his sacred axolotl And his gift of chocolatl Was a time, so I've heard tell, a And please pass some down to me! Fine and promising young fella Gave his all to serve Cybele But that's damn well not for me! --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (32) Fri 23 Mar 90 10:21 By: the Bard To: All Re: ROTR (pt 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 147752ab Well, she raised an awful flurry When old Gerald got it goin' When she made the scholars worry When old Gerald got it goin' Thank the Gods for Margaret Murray! All that hidin' turned to showin' She is good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! We'll sing praises to Apollo When we all bowed down to Nuit Where the Sun-God leads, I'll follow There was really nothin' to it From Ionia to Gaul-o (Alex Sanders made me do it...) And that's good enough for me! But that's good enough for me! Let us sing the praise of Horus We went off to worship Venus As our fathers did before us By the Gods! You should have seen us! We're the New Egyptian Chorus Now the Clinic has to screen us... And we sing in harmony! But that's good enough for me! It was good enough for Granny It's not good enough for Reagan She could throw a double-whammy It's not good enough for Reagan That would knock you on your fanny He's too square to be a Pagan! And she's good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! We will gather at our saunas Meeting at the Witching Hour When the spirit comes upon us By the Bud, and Branch and Flower To perform the Rites of Faunus Folks are raising up the Power And that's good enough for me! And that's where I want to be! We will worship mighty Cthulhu In the sky I hear a hummin' H. P. Lovecraft's big old hoodoo It's the UFO's a-comin' (1930's fiction voodoo....) That's not banjos that they're strummin' But that's good enough for me! But it's good enough for me! Oh the Phillistines abound Oh we all will follow Buddah Oh the Phillistines abound Oh we all will follow Buddah They had the biggest Baals around And we'll eat no food but Gouda And that's good enough for me! Which is Gouda-nuff for me Oh, our Spirits will awaken Oh, our Spirits will awaken Watch the Universe a-quakin' Which is Gurdijeff to me! It's the Opera written for us We will all join in the chorus it's the Opera about Boris which is Godunov for me.....! * --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (33) Mon 19 Mar 90 14:54 By: Rana Of Gor To: All Re: Of Interest St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e53b 76c01473 CARBON COPY FROM ATLANTA CONNECTION ********************************************************************* ****** * METAPHYSICAL* 03/01/90 19:24:00 From: AMMOND SHADOWCRAFT To: ALL Subj: TECHNIQUES FOR THE WITCH HUNTERS STRATEGIES FOR THE USING THE CLERGY ABUSE FILES The Witch Hunter has absolutely no authority to decided who has and has not the Spirit of Christ living within. Only their God has that privilege. They can reference only themselves. When they say these people aren't Christians, they are in "sin". They can't make that determination. The _status_ of Christian for these perpetrators is irrelevant. As long as these folks come from within the Christian churches they will have to look for the abusers there. There is ample proof that these folks are there in numbers. Just today the media released information on a Denver Area youth minister (for three Pres. churches), Bryan Bush, 31, who molested 30 boys on 50 occasions. This announcement is many years after the fact. The victims are now grown. The abuse in the witch hunter's church, if it exists, is hidden and will have to be ferreted out. It was a psychologist in Texas who reported the abuse in Colorado to Denver authorities. They can't fully deny abuse until they have taken a close look at their churches. Don't attack the hardened spear point. Attack the softest part of the organization. The soft hand and foot provide the support for the spear tip. Metaphorically get behind the witch hunter and attack there. Write to or talk with the directors of the organization. Time will take its toll. We let the witch hunting organizations know that the 'evil one' is within their midst. [After all he is.] They should be looking there for their quarry. We provide scriptural support for cleaning their house. Tell them to take the mote out of their own eyes. Also that they are hypocrites for taking money looking for Satanists outside the church when their own ranks are affected. We let them know that the media is looking at them as they decide to clean their house. We substitute for the _invisible_ Satanist for the extremely _visable_ and possibly abusive Clergyman or layperson. Send a copy to your local medias. Let them know that abuse exists in the Clergy's ranks. Send copies of clippings of abuse you get from friends. Posit that the witch hunters are askew and possibly hiding clergy abuse within their ranks. That's reasonable to say because many churches and organizations cover up the abuse for years before the victims break the news to the public. A hidden fundamentalist sect in Colorado Springs (with no name non-the-less) abused children and women for years. A girlfriend's 2 year-old boy was a victim. The small, unwatched fundamentalist groups that spring up around a charismatic pastor are the most likely to suffer and hide abuse. Generally these groups have no building nor standard meeting place. They will be hard to find. The higher the internal pressure to perform the higher the repression, the higher the chance of abuse. Keep you ears open for rumor. Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them look over their shoulders for the investigative reporter, the listening ear, the photographic eye. Provide reasonable suspicion and doubt. What their say and how they respond is _not_ important. What they think is. Over time they will either back off or go non-linear. Both responses can be used to turn public opinion against them. Shift the burden of proof onto the witch hunters. Make them prove they have cleaned their houses first. Let them laugh and scorn what they may. The media and the public opinion will water the seeds of doubt we plant. When they know we are watching them they will desist from their attacks. --- QuickBBS 2.64 (Eval) * Origin: THE CRYSTAL CAVE, "DER MAGICK TREFFPUNKT"(719 391-1092 (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (34) Sat 2 Jun 90 20:49 By: Sysop Jack&jill To: All Re: Interest St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3b89 aea01a31 CARBON COPY FROM ATLANTA CONNECTION ********************************************************************* ****** *** *METAPHYSICAL* 03/07/90 17:22:57 From: LONE STAR To: ALL Subj: FYI 2/2 "Ever since then, there have been outbreaks of similar behavior," he said. "It was found that when very holy priests were sent to pray for and about these very troubled people, there would be an increase in the behavior, then eventually a complete liberation from it." Exorcism is more common in countries where Christianity is not well established or where other influences such as voodoo, come into play. Since the 1970's, exorcism has been performed only by a priest approved by a bishop, archbishop or cardinal. "If you ask most bishops in the country, 'Who is your exorcist? they probably wouldn't have one. It's an ad hoc thing," Burtchaell said. "Probably a number of bishops would be surprised to hear there were two in New York," one of the largest dioceses in the nation. Typically, he said, an exorcist must be a "very self possessed, consistently holy man" to survive the experience. "It involves a great deal of self-abuse, bodies being flung around the room, excrement, assumed voices -it's pretty vile stuff." "The average Catholic would have no first-hand information to speak of, " he said. "The darn movie is going to be the image everybody has. But, I must say, events in the movie are very faithful to the stories I've read" about real exorcisms, Burtchaell said. A battery of medical and psychological tests is ordered before some undergoes exorcism. "If a person has Lupus, for instance, and periodically has seizures where they go out of control, that's a chemical imbalance," Harak said. But there also are informal rites to get rid of, or guard against, demons. Harak said a standard, prebaptismal ritual contains "three scrutinies that are really rites of exorcism that have been kind of tamed in the church." "It's not like, 'Oh, my goodness, William Peter Blatty's 'The Exorcist.' It's a recognition that there are good spirits, angels and bad spirits, devils. And the evil spirit hates human nature," Harak said. The church also has a practice called deliverance for ridding "infestations of evil spirit" less serious than possession, Harak said. They are performed --- TBBS v2.1/NM * Origin: LONG ISLAND CONNECTION - MAGICKNET NY (2600/301) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (35) Sat 2 Jun 90 20:50 By: Sysop Jack&jill To: All Re: Of Interest St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3b89 aec01a31 CARBON COPY FROM ATLANTA CONNECTION ********************************************************************* ****** *** *METAPHYSICAL* 03/07/90 17:21:20 From: LONE STAR To: ALL Subj: FYI 1/2 From Gwinnett Daily News Tuesday, March 6, 1990 Cardinal discloses exorcisms in New York The Associated Press Theologians expressed surprise Monday about Cardinal John O'Connor's disclosure that the rare rite of exorcism has bee performed twice in New York in a year. But other ceremonies dealing with evil spirits, including a baptismal prayer, are more common in the Roman Catholic Church. O'Connor mentioned the exorcisms during a sermon Sunday and to reporters afterward. He said heavy-metal music spiked with satanic lyrics created an atmosphere conducive to devil worship and demonic possession. The cardinal said the exorcisms were approved by the archdiocese's vicar general and appeared to be successful, but gave no other details. He also said the novel "The Exorcist" is a "gruesomely authentic" portrayal of demonic possession. According to a story published Dec. 12 in the San Fransico Chronicle, Pope John Paul II recently increased the number of exorcists in Rome and in Turin, where there are reported 40,000 devil worshippers. Last week, police in Indianapolis asked an unidentified priest to pray and --- TBBS v2.1/NM * Origin: LONG ISLAND CONNECTION - MAGICKNET NY (2600/301) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (36) Sat 14 Apr 90 23:47 By: Nihasa To: All Re: Folk Tale St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0775 148ebde4 When going over some old notes, I came across this translation of an old Persian story, "The Wizard's Two Apprentices": . There was, at such a time and such a place, a wizard of great repute. Such were the wonders and learnings ascribed to him that he was forced to erect great trials to thin the ranks of those clamoring to learn his secrets. From fire and water, through sand and air, and past fear and greed emerged two. The first, a young man of reverent demeanor and holy ways, introduced himself thus: "Master, my humble life is dedicated to the persuit of that Holy of Holies, Truth. I offer my life and my fortune and all that is in my power if you will aid me on my quest." The second, who's eyes burned with an inner fire, spoke thus: "Great Master, I too have a quest. It has come to me that if I work to know the seeing of many things and the knowing of what I see, a day may come when I can add my grain of sand to that which is known. All that I have, all that I am, I put at your disposal." The Master, quietly pleased, said "All I offer is the chance to do the meanest of tasks in my household while you earn the rights to learn the least of what I can teach. If this is agreeable, then you may start." . After many years of effort The two learned much of the four arts. They learned to read and understand the stories told in letters, numbers, and the stars. They learned to draw water from the desert, to climb the air as a ladder, and to walk on clouds as though on solid ground. It was in this last place that they came to the time of the final teaching. "When you have mastered this skill, you will each have the final tool you need for your quest." This said, he gave them the secret of knowing the Truth in whatever they beheld. Once they had shown their mastery, he spoke thus: "The time of teaching has come to an end. Now each of you must seek his destiny. I send you on your way with this final gift and thought: until this day, until this moment, nothing I have taught you or told you has been the Truth." The reverent apprentice, seeing the Truth in the master's words, plunged to his death in despair. As one, the old master and the new spoke: "He has found his Truth." . Thus, the Truthseeker found his Truth, the seeker learned to see and to know (and added many grains of knowledge to the world), and the wizard added to the magick of the world for a time. . Nihasa <-: --- Opus-CBCS 1.11 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (37) Thu 19 Apr 90 0:15 By: Nihasa To: All Re: Magickal Reflexes St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0775 149301fb Many of the technologies for personal change, whether for therapy or self-improvement, stand on the three pillars of Communication, Installation, and Interruption. Most of the techniques or patterns of these technologies center on one or more of these. Of the patterns for Installation, most make use of the concept of the Conditioned Reflex. . CONDITIONED REFLEX If you "rehearse" or repeat a pattern of stimulus-response often enough, that pattern will become automatic. This is called a conditioned response, and it is a fundamental part of the way we learn to walk, ride a bicycle, or play a musical instrument. Often enough, as used above, varies from person to person and from pattern to pattern. These reflexes can be "chained" - the response to A can become the stimulus to C, "ganged" - responses B, C, and D can be linked to stimulus A as a complex reaction, and "stacked" - stimuli A, C, D, E, and F can each be linked to response B. . In the concept of the conditioned reflex, both the stimulus and the response are neurological patterns. In fact, any neurological pattern can be such a stimulus and/or response. For instance, if you were to practice visualising a purple monkey each time you heard the word bananna, it would soon become a permanent (if silly) pattern. . Successful use of this concept requires clearly and consistantly defining and evoking the stimulus and response each time. This is where the more creative and distinctive aspects of the various techniques come in - leading you to consistantly and realistically produce the desired response, "access" the relevant stimulus, and link them. . This principle can be quite useful in designing rituals, initiations, etc. It can also be an interesting feature to watch for in such things as television commercials. . ...one of a series for Ritual Consultants (a subsidiary of Creative Technology Group) by... . Nihasa <-; --- Opus-CBCS 1.11 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (38) Sun 22 Apr 90 17:23 By: Chuck Haynes To: All Re: New Feeds St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:fd38 8ae01496 Paul asked me to forward the below message from Pagansys to each of the three Magicknet areas so........ --------------------------------------------------------------------- - OK, it looks like 90% of the details are worked out. I talked to Tony Ianotti today, and we will have Northeast distribution, whether it be from me or from Josh. Tony is trying to contact Josh to find out whether he (Tony) or Josh is to be the primary feed between the two. The only MAJOR hole left in the net is the feed to the North Central area. I cannot seem to get hold of either David Dyer-Benett of Terra Board, or Scott Raun of Fire Opal to see who whants to Hub that part of the country. If anyone can contact them, please do so. I will be feeding Denver direct as of Wed. Evening, as well as Austin Texas and Phoenix Arizona. The feed for So. Cal. is already in place, via Jim Crowley and Joe Larabell, And Sis from Modem Magic is coming online soon. Lone Star at Atlanta Connection will be setting up soon as well as K.C. Mo., and a proposal has been sent off to Michael Barnett, of Tampa. I have volunteered Chuck Haynes as the 9600 source (Josh may prefer to feed from him). Russ Anderson and Amergin O'Kai in Denver have agreed to be co-moderators/coordinators, and Chuck and myself can handle the distribution end. I want to get everything in place ASAP, so we can work out any "bugs" well ahead of Brad's leaving. Any ideas, criticisms, comments? B*B -Paul- ==================================================== So here it is!! Namaste & Peace, Love, Light, & JOY -=Chuck=- --- TPBoard 6.1 * Origin: Casa De La Luz - Alamogordo, NM. - (505)-437-8267 *HST* (1:308/60) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (39) Tue 24 Apr 90 17:34 By: Nihasa To: All Re: Persian Folk Tale St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:fb10 14988c45 When going over some old notes, I came across this translation of an old Persian story, "The Wizard's Two Apprentices": . There was, at such a time and such a place, a wizard of great repute. Such were the wonders and learnings ascribed to him that he was forced to erect great trials to thin the ranks of those clamoring to learn his secrets. From fire and water, through sand and air, and past fear and greed emerged two. The first, a young man of reverent demeanor and holy ways, introduced himself thus: "Master, my humble life is dedicated to the persuit of that Holy of Holies, Truth. I offer my life and my fortune and all that is in my power if you will aid me on my quest." The second, who's eyes burned with an inner fire, spoke thus: "Great Master, I too have a quest. It has come to me that if I work to know the seeing of many things and the knowing of what I see, a day may come when I can add my grain of sand to that which is known. All that I have, all that I am, I put at your disposal." The Master, quietly pleased, said "All I offer is the chance to do the meanest of tasks in my household while you earn the rights to learn the least of what I can teach. If this is agreeable, then you may start." . After many years of effort The two learned much of the four arts. They learned to read and understand the stories told in letters, numbers, and the stars. They learned to draw water from the desert, to climb the air as a ladder, and to walk on clouds as though on solid ground. It was in this last place that they came to the time of the final teaching. "When you have mastered this skill, you will each have the final tool you need for your quest." This said, he gave them the secret of knowing the Truth in whatever they beheld. Once they had shown their mastery, he spoke thus: "The time of teaching has come to an end. Now each of you must seek his destiny. I send you on your way with this final gift and thought: until this day, until this moment, nothing I have taught you or told you has been the Truth." The reverent apprentice, seeing the Truth in the master's words, plunged to his death in despair. As one, the old master and the new spoke: "He has found his Truth." . Thus, the Truthseeker found his Truth, the seeker learned to see and to know (and added many grains of knowledge to the world), and the wizard added to the magick of the world for a time. . Nihasa <-: --- QM v1.00 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (40) Fri 27 Apr 90 15:05 By: Jim Caldwell To: Sysop Jack&jill Re: Of Interest St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:69d3 78a0149b >The novel The Exorcist is a grusemely Authentic portrayal... So, what's new? These Christians really are behind the times, are they not? An amusing incident from the Sydney Seventh-day Adventist Hospital. A 25 yo woman was recently admitted for sensitivisation/allergy provocation tests. On the seventh day (funny that) of her preliminary fast, four male orderlies and 3 nurses had to strap the woman to her bed, and a Catholic priest was called to "Translate from the Latin Vulgate". The woman was spewing bile across the bed at visitors, and was speaking in an archaic form of latin, in an unquestionably masculine, italian accent. The woman was born in the Sydney suburb of Bexley, and had never been outside of Australia. She was of Australian origin. She had never met the priest, and had given him a thourough rendering of his family tree in a heavy masculine italian accent, using a direct quote from the Friedkin book, the Exorcist. "His mother sucked cocks in hell". All this, whilst being rather frightening, is rather amusing when the naivity and cultural backlash of the Christian Church is concerned. Nothing much has changed. Regs, Jim Caldwell. What really miffed the Adventists was that they "needed" a catholic. Ho ho ho!D --- QuickBBS 2.64 & FD 1.99c [RT] * Origin: Avalon - -= Ars Magica =- (28:200/0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (41) Fri 27 Apr 90 22:26 By: J. Harvey To: All Re: govmint stuf St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 149bb34f FEAR AND LOATHING IN AUSTIN from: "Where we're Going" March/April 1990, No. 13 by Steve Jackson Your Tax Dollars At Work ........This product was to have been GURPS CYBERPUNK (an RPG) set for a March release. But on March 1, our office was raided by the U.S. Secret Service, in conjunction with a data-piracy investigation. All current copies of CURPS CYBERPUNK, in both hardcopy and disc form - along with the two office computers the manuscript was on - were taken. The home of the GURPS CYBERPUNK author was also raided, and his own computer taken. Also taken were the data files of playtest comments, and thousands of dollars worth of assorted hardware and software. We have since been told that the GURPS CYBERPUNK manuscript was not the object of the raids. However, we have been unable to secure the return of the manuscript; the only result of our effort has been huge legal bills. The Secret Service at first flatly refused to return anything - then agreed to let us copy files, but when we got to their office, restricted us to one set of out-of-date files - then agreed to make copies for us, but has now said "maybe tomorrow" every day since March 4. "Are you going to sue the Secret Service?" Many people have advised that we sue the government for loss of business, the damage done to our offices in the raid, and so on. But, while the Fourth Amendment theoretically protects against "unreasonable search and seizure," we have been advised that a lawsuit against the Federal Government is very expensive and very time- consuming, with no guarentee of success, no matter how outrageous the offense. We may have to let it go in order to concentrate on survival. "Will GURPS CYBERPUNK ever come out?" Yes. Although the confiscation of the manuscript forced us to rewrite many sections and miss the original deadline, the book will appear in April. The agents who raided our office grumbled loudly in my presence about the "manual for computer crime" that we were publishing, but (aside from holding our hardware and text files) they have taken no further action against the book. While it is the most realistic cyberpunk game ever published - it contains a great deal of real-world background information, including some supplied by genuine, expert "hackers" - there is nothing in GURPS CYBERPUNK that warrants government suppression, and we're going to publish it. Further information: Steve Jackson Games, Box 18957, Austin Texas 78760 - endfile- --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (42) Thu 3 May 90 22:49 By: Anonymous To: All Re: Demons and Wizards and Fiends, OH MY! St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0 26468dcd To: All The Fiend by Michael K. Barnett Johnathan Q. Wentworth III suffered in silence. Though he knew he would die within the next month he tried to keep up his courage. Still, it seemed ironic to him that someone with all his advantages in terms of wealth, power, and prominent family position would not survive long enough to enjoy them. Johnathan, you see, was ill. To Johnathan, the eldest son of one of Boston's most prestigious families, the worst part of his illness was not the fact that it was fatal. The worst part was the humiliation. Johnathan, it seems, was fatally constipated. Constipated to such a degree that the medication and the daily, painful indignities that he had to endure to prolong his life only brought a partial relief. At this point the poisons in Johnathans own body had built up until his doctor wouldn't even hazard a guess as to how long he would live, but Johnathan was certain it could not be more than another month. From the depths of his dispair, Johnathan rhetorically cried, "I'd sell my very soul for a cure". Then it happened. In a cloud of smoke and a rush of air a fiend with huge slavering jaws, pointed teeth, horns, and tail, cloven hooves, etc. appeared before Johnathan waving a piece of paper in the air. "Here it is, Johnie old boy," said the fiend, "the Standard Contract. Just sign on the dotted line and I'll fix you right up!". "As I live and breath, you're a deamon!", exclaimed Johnathan, aghast. "No, Not a deamon", said the fiend "I'm just a fiend, I mean after all I've only been working Down Below for a couple of eons, you can't very very well expect me to get promoted to Deamon in so short a time". "What's the difference", said Johnathan. "Weellll..., you might say that between them, a fiend is the lesser of two evils". Johnathan moaned, "You might say such a thing, but I wouldn't dare for fear of being severely pun-ished. Are you serious about this contract?". "Serious as Hell.", said the fiend, "Skipping all the legalisms this contract states that for an irrevocable interest in your soul, I, acting as an agent for His Majesty Below, will provide you with a complete and total cure for your... ahem... condition.". "You won't mind if I check this with my lawyer will you?", asked Johnathan. "Not at all, Johnie my boy. In fact, I insist on it. We wouldn't want there to be any... ah... irregularities, now would we?" quipped the monster. Johnathan winced and then proceeded to call the junior partner of Biddle, Biddle, Reed, Barton, and Smith to clarify whether the contract was really on the up and up. After hearing from his attorney that the contract was indeed iron-clad Johnathan pricked his finger and signed in blood. Immediately the contract and the fiend vanished and an urge struck Johnathan that he hadn't felt in over a year. Johnathan smiled and proceeded to the bathroom to take care of the urge. As Johnathan sat in the bathroom placidly contemplating the tiles between his toes a thought struck him and he said aloud, "You know, with fiends like him, who needs enemas?". We may all be grateful for the fatal heart attack which followed. --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Liberty BBS, Tampa FL (813)933-6247 (1:377/5.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (43) Sat 12 May 90 20:06 By: Paul Seymour To: AuMeGen 0.0 Re: Reporting as ordered, sir! St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6d95 14aca0c0 SPIRITUALITY In order to facilitate clearer communication in an area that very often becomes very "fuzzy" because of specialized or unclear definitions, let us now define the term Spirituality and the sense of its use here. The term "spirituality" (as used here) is reserved for situations that involve personal experiences of unique dimen- sions of reality that give one's life and general existence a numi- nous quality. Jung used the term "numinous" for the description of experiences that feel sacred, holy, or out of the ordinary (in the sense of a special feeling of ultimate meaning or reality). There- fore, spirituality characterizes individual relationship to the uni- verse and does not necessarily require a formal structure, collective ritual, or mediation by a priest or other external authority figure. Religion is a form of organized group activity that may or may not be conducive to (or even supportive of) true spirituality, dep- ending on the degree to which it provides a context for personal discovery and experience of the numinous dimensions of reality. While at the root of most great religions are the direct visionary revelations of their founders, prophets, seers, and saints, in many instances religions have lost their connection with this vital core over time. Experiences and mental states involving personal encounters with the numinous dimensions of cosciousness are of two different types. Included in the first are experiences of the "immanent divine", or perceptions of divine intelligence expressing itself in the world of everyday reality. All of creation - people, animals, plants, and inanimate objects - seems to be permeated by the same cosmic essence and divine light. A person in this state suddenly sees that everything in the universe is a manifestation and expres- sion of the same cosmic energy and that separation and boundaries are illusory. In theology, this is called Monism. This is also the core experience of the "all is illusion" claim in some belief systems. Experiences in the second category do not represent a different perception of what is already known but reveal a rich spectrum of dimensions of reality that are ordinarily hidden from human aware- ness and are not available in the everyday consciousness. These can be referred to as experiences of the "transcendent divine". A typ- ical example would be a vision of God as a radiant source of light of supernatural beauty or a sense of personal fusion and identity with God perceived in this way. Visions of various archetypal be- ings, such as deities, demons, legendary heroes, and spirit guides, also belong in this category. Other experiences do not involve merely individual suprahuman entities but entire mythological realms, such as heavens, hells, and purgatories, or various sceneries and landscapes unlike anything known on earth. This seems to be the nature of many reports of Native American "Shamanic Journeyings". What interests many studying practical magic are the practical consequences of personal encounters with spiritual realities. For the people who have had them, the existence of the immanent and transcendent divine is not a matter of unfounded belief but a fact based on direct experience - much as our attitude toward the material reality of our every day life is based on fist hand sensory percep- tions. In contrast, a belief is an opinion about the nature of reality based on a specific form of indoctrination, or reading of religious literature; It lacks direct experiential validation. Yet once again we are brought up against the very difficult problems of integrating personal realities with concensual reality, or at least in integrating them closely enough that they can be discussed in a meaningful manner. One of the practical consequences of these spiritual experiences is permanent physiological change in the one experiencing them. There are usually also a set of perceptual changes, as well as (often) an ability to experience more of these episodes and not always with full control over when they will occur. In other words, the whole mind-body-spirit linkage takes on new dimensions and depth, and can become very difficult to understand and manage! To be sure, no one has an experience of this type and remains the same person they were before. Copyright May 1,1990 Paul G. Seymour --- QuickBBS v2.61 [EVALUATION] * Origin: The Mountain Oracle "Witches & Pagans & Druids.....Oh My!" (1:301/9. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (44) Mon 14 May 90 15:48 By: Tim Maroney To: All Re: Definition of the Sacred St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14ae7e13 On the Definition of the Sacred by Tim Maroney At our present level of psychological understanding, we lack even the basics for a definition of such a vague term as "spirituality", except in terms of equally vague words such as "holy", "sacred", and "numinous". These terms can only be defined in terms of each other, so we have gained no real understanding or clarity with such definitions. We are merely playing shuffleboard with syllables. "Sacred" means "consecrated or holy"; "holy" means "divine or sacred"; "numinous" means "divine"; "divine" means "spiritual". At some point in the future, our understanding of psychology may be such that we will be able to break these concepts down into genuinely simpler concepts, such as the interrelationship of neural clusters. But for now, they remain irreducible absolutes. In the face of these circularities, many mystics fall back to the position of no-definition, often expressed in terms of the inherent inadequacy of language to capture the ultimate ground of reality. The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao; katz! But the same is equally true of the phenomena we typically consider mundane and non-spiritual. No language can genuinely capture a single red rose, or the sound of jackhammers at 7:30 on a Saturday morning. Language is by nature a scaled-down model of reality which fails to partake of the wholeness of the phenomenon it describes. There is no reason that language should be any less useful in discussing the "numinous" than it is in discussing the rose or the hammer. The true problem in description of the spiritual is lack of a vocabulary. "Red" as an experience can't really be defined any more than "holy" can. It is just that we all know what the word "red" refers to, having experienced the referent ourselves, and having experienced the word in conjunction with its referent. Those who have experienced sacredness recognize it, and they may be able to suggest to each other a vocabulary for describing its particular manifestations. Those who do not know spirit will see this vocabulary as a meaningless jargon. But even those who know should be aware that they are not explaining spirit with their vocabulary. They are merely labelling it. And yet, people persist in the silliest attempts to explain the spirit with labels. We are bombarded by totally foolish "definitions" such as "feelings out of the ordinary" (does this include the feeling of being rear-ended by a purple Volkswagen?) and "other dimensions of consciousness" (the term "dimension" is surpassed only by "evolution" in its use as a meaningless buzz-word by the metaphysically inclined). Non-definitions of this sort are in their way as good as any other terminology, because those who have known the spirit will recognize more or less what the speaker is talking about, but they are no more basic -- and a good deal more fuzzy-minded -- than "holy", "sacred", and the rest of the crew. So let us take sacredness as an indefinable but recognizable absolute, and starting from there try to develop a taxonomy of sacred experiences. Immediately new problems arise. First, religions have long worked to develop these terminologies themselves, yet no two religions can agree on them. Second, being more or less familiar with these religious systems, we may find it difficult to avoid invisible but powerful assumptions built into them -- or, more likely, we will not even try, treating these basic assumptions as unquestioned fact. Third, we may once again fall into nonsense of the "dimensions of consciousness" or "feelings out of the ordinary" kind, imagining that we are analyzing things into more basic concepts when we are only spinning out absurdity. Probably the most common error is to refer to "states of consciousness". This terminology ignores the fact that there are as many states of consciousness as there are moments in the lives of all sentient beings. It's as if we are imagining the mind to be a car, with first gear the "mundane consciousness", second gear the first stages of "religious illumination", and so on. But the mind is far more complex than a car; it does not have clearly distinct modes of operation. Each of its "states" involves billions of variables. Not only is one person's meditative trance not the same state as another person's, it is not even the same state for the same person from meditation to meditation, or from moment to moment in a single session. We can speak of broad classes of similar experiences, but not of states of consciousness. "Red" is not a "state of vision"; it is one component of a visual experience which has many other factors and which will never be precisely duplicated in another experience. We do not see vision in terms of "states", but in terms of highly complex, multidimensional phenomena. Is the sacred simpler and more mechanical than the visible? "States of consciousness" is an example of all three kinds of errors: using the terminology of a single school, not questioning the assumptions underlying a terminology, and mistaking a meaningless label for serious analysis. Another common error is the confounding of classes. For instance, we might divide spiritual experiences into the immanent and the transcendent. The former sees the unity (or voidness) of all phenomena; the latter sees all phenomena as transcended by some spiritual force or being outside the mundane world. This is a perfect valid measure of spiritual experiences, but it is not the only (or even the primary) measure. Many experiences are more similar to counterparts in the other class than they are to their classmates. Some belong in both classes or neither. There are any number of spiritual measures, among which are static or dynamic, full or empty, harsh or soothing, personal or impersonal, free or structured, spontaneous or deliberate, passionate or arid, solitary or social, intellectual and emotional, differentiated and uniform, and so forth. We do not impose any useful taxonomy by putting one of these measurements above the others, dividing all spiritual experiences into type 1 and type 2. A static, full, harsh, impersonal, immanent experience is more like a static, full, harsh, impersonal, transcendent experience than it is like a dynamic, empty, soothing, personal immanent experience. But if we were committed to making a basic division between immanent and transcendent experiences, we would have to say that any immanent experience is more like any other immanent experience than it is like any transcendent experience. In summary, no language is truly adequate to description of spirituality, but some terminologies are less adequate than others. Terminologies which claim to analyze but do not break notions down into more basic notions are nonsense. Terminologies which impose an oversimplified linear structure on the multidimensional nature of spiritual experience are misleading. Terminologies based on unexamined assumptions about the structure of the psyche and the superiority of some experiences to others are worse than useless. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (45) Sun 3 Jun 90 16:29 By: Tim Maroney To: All Re: Notes on the LBR (1 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14c383b8 On the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram by Tim Maroney (excerpted from the New Age Mailing List #1, Fri Dec 21, 1984, the first national computer network run by a pagan or occultist, for pagans and occultists; newly edited 1 June 1990) The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is one of the chief rituals of Western Magick. It has been with us at least since the Golden Dawn of the nineteenth century, and it has penetrated into all the many Golden Dawn spinoffs, including Neo-Paganism. Yet there is still no widely available, clear instruction. The directions of the magical orders are mere mnemonics for those who are assumed to have personal instructors. To formulate my personal approach to the ritual, to aid any others who may be considering practicing the LBR, and to satisfy the idle curiosity of any gawking onlookers, I have put together this short discussion of the ritual and its symbolism and performance. A. Intent of the Ritual The real action of a magick ritual takes place in the mind. Ritual is a form of moving meditation. The effect is also primarily psychological.* The LBR is a tool to facilitiate meditation. [*Not all players would agree with this statement. Many would say that the effect of the LBR is a fortified and cleansed area on the astral plane, which they think is as real as Hoboken, if not more so. It doesn't really matter in practice.] The experience of a proper LBR is pleasurable and soothing, yet energizing and empowering. One is made at home in the mystical realm, protected from lurkers and phantasms by strongly imagined wards. This solace from mundane experience is a precondition for more serious works of meditation or ritual, but it can also form a healthy part of the life of the mind by itself. B. The Ritual I'll just reprint the description of the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram from Liber O, a publication of the occult order A.'. A.'. i. Touching the forehead say Ateh (Unto Thee), ii. Touching the breast say Malkuth (The Kingdom), iii. Touching the right shoulder, say ve-Geburah (and the Power), iv. Touching the left shoulder, say ve-Gedulah (and the Glory), v. Clasping the hands upon the breast, say le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen). vi. Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) IHVH. vii. Turning to the South, the same, but say ADNI. viii. Turning to the West, the same, but say AHIH. ix. Turning to the North, the same, but say AGLA. [Pronounce: Ye-ho-wau*, Adonai, Eheieh, Agla.] x. Extending the arms in the form of a cross say, xi. Before me Raphael; xii. Behind me Gabriel; xiii. On my right hand Michael; xiv. On my left hand Auriel; xv. For about me flames the Pentagram, xvi. And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star. xvii-xxi. Repeat (i) to (v), the "Qabalistic Cross." [* Modern scholarship has a different take on the pronunciation of the Big Guy's name. I use "Yahweh" rather than the "Ye-ho-wau" of Liber O because that's what the Catholic priests of my youth taught me to say, and I've never been able to shake it off. Use whatever pronunciation you prefer, or a different name altogether.] C. Politics of the Ritual With practice, you will no doubt come up with your own style of performance, and your own different symbolism for ritual acts. Different people do rituals as differently as actors play parts, even though the lines and motions may be fundamentally the same. (The alternative is an authoritarian, dogmatic horror which is alien to the deep occult understanding of religion, but is still common in magical groups.) Slavish imitation will get you nowhere in Magick -- except, perhaps, to some high spiritual degree! The Christianity -- or at least angelic monotheism -- of the ritual symbolism may give a start to some. Many of us involved in occultism have strongly negative feelings about Christianity. These are perhaps justified, but there are a few saving graces here. First, as with any ritual, you should feel free to make it yours, to mess around with it. If you don't start to at least play with the styles of a ritual after a while, you are probably not doing it very well. It is perfectly legitimate to substitute cognate symbols at any time. However, the saying in the martial arts is that one first learns another's style, and after mastering it, moves on to create one's own. For a beginner, it will be easiest simply to use an existing ritual form in order to explore the meaning of a banishing ritual. Given that experience, which transcends any mere set of symbols, one may devise a form more in keeping with the emergence of one's personal style. For instance, Neo-Pagans use a highly reified form of the same basic ritual in many of their traditions, but with non-Christian deities, spirits, and heros at the quarters. Aleister Crowley wrote a new version which made the performance more dancelike, and used the names of Thelemic deities and officers rather than monotheist gods and angels. My private version, called "Opening the Threshold", is entirely atheistic and philosophical. In any case, of those people who so abhor Christianity, how many have looked at some of the practices of historical pagans in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas? No religion should ever be "accepted" by an occultist. When using any religion's symbolism, the adept should cut to its sacred poetical core, and discard the political dross. By this standard, Christianity looks about as good as any other religion. Without this standard, and by factoring in historical excesses and power plays, almost all known religions look just about as bad as Christianity. In other words, someone who will happily use Norse gods, Arthurian heroes, Taoist immortals, Voudoun loas, or what have you in rituals, but will never touch a Christian angel, is guilty of the same narrowness he or she probably imparts to the Christians. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (46) Sun 3 Jun 90 16:30 By: Tim Maroney To: All Re: Notes on the LBR (2 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14c383cf D. Preliminary Acts These political considerations aside, there are a number of necessary preconditions in any cleansing ritual. Not the least important are the physical conditions. It's not a good idea to just launch into this thing from a standing start. You should start by evacuating any bodily wastes. Heavy food in the digestive tract is bound to interfere, so don't pig out right before practice. If your nose is clogged, clear it. (There are some really gross yogic techniques for doing this if necessary.) Remove any serious muscle tensions; I do this in two ways, by informal stretching exercises and by sitting quietly for a few minutes. It is best to bathe or shower first, and put on special clothes worn only during ritual, but those are optional considerations. It is very useful to have a room in your home that is either set aside for ritual, or can be transformed into a suitable room readily. I share my ritual room with my lover, who uses it for typing. This is a fortunate arrangement, since we both want the room to be simple, uncluttered, and non-distracting, and all I have to do is hide the typewriter and throw a cloth over the desk. If you can't arrange something like that, make sure you at least have enough free floor space in the center of the room for freedom of movement. E. Ritual Gestures You should refer to the ritual above while reading this section. The "Qabalistic Cross" ---------------------- The "Qabalistic Cross" (steps i-v) is a self-consecration. The magician (what an icky word -- I feel like I ought to have a few pigeons hidden in my pockets...) becomes a sanctified instrument for the execution of the rest of the ritual. This can't be an empty exercise; linger on each phrase for as long as it takes to form some strong, brief concentration on the meaning. Think of the short prayer of the Qabalistic Cross as a baptism, using light rather than water. Imagine that your body has "centers" which you are bringing to life by anointing them with your hand. There are five such "centers". At the end of the Cross, remain for a moment in that posture, upright, hands clasped, feeling the Cross within yourself, yourself as the Cross. This should cause a sort of purified perception of the body. The Cross addresses a second person, a "thee". Who is this mysterious person? "Thee" is your own "higher self", if you're a humanist. If you prefer monotheistic symbolism, read "God[dess]" for "thee". Even for monotheists, the consecration is of yourself, although "by the power of God". The two symbolisms can be turned into each other with less effort than a topologist requires to invert a torus, so it doesn't really matter. The "vanilla" version of the Cross is not what most Thelemites use. Instead, go "Atoh" (touch brow), "Aiwass" (touch breast), "Malkuth" (touch genitals), and then the arms as normal. "Aiwass who?" That's a name Crowley's H.G.A. or "external manifestation of the higher self" called itself by. If you attain to the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel (as it is so quaintly called), use its name instead of Aiwass. Don't expect this attainment to happen tomorrow or next week. But then, you're the only real judge of that. The Banishing Pentagram of Earth -------------------------------- It is a five pointed star, point up. To draw it, start from the lower left-hand corner (your left), go up to the top point, and continue from there. The index finger is a common tool for drawing the stars; it's a very natural way of writing symbols in the air. A good wand can be hard to find. Note that you do not draw the stars at the end of your finger, but project them outwards as if your finger was a laser, with the stars being drawn by the beam onto an outlying vertical plane -- perhaps a few inches short of the wall, or on the wall, or just in a convenient expanse of air. Drawing the pentagram will be easy or hard for you, depending on whether you are good at visualization. I'm not, so it's hard. (I am getting better with practice.) Ideally, the stars should be of flame, drawn in the air, but early on a faint outline is no cause to complain. Do not use drugs to increase your visualization abilities on a routine basis. If you are experienced with drugs, it may be useful to get stoned for an LBR every once in a while just to show you what it could be like. The pentagram can be a potent symbol. Recall Leonardo's image of the microcosm, e.g., the individual human. The central pentagon represents the torso, the top point the head, the other four points the limbs. For a religious humanist, the individually named pentagrams are essentially aspects of the higher self (in contrast to the whole higher self of "thee" in the cross), given life/breath by the vibrations of the god-names. For a theist, the pents are anthropomorphic manifestations of deity, summoned by the vibration of god-names. It makes little difference in practice. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (47) Sun 3 Jun 90 16:31 By: Tim Maroney To: All Re: Notes on the LBR (3 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14c383eb The Vibration of God-Names -------------------------- In the LBR, the vibration of the god-names "charges" or "enlivens" the pentagrams in the air. This is difficult to describe, but easy to recognize. There is a feeling of presence in one of these charged warding images -- though not necessarily a feeling of true externality or separate intelligence. We are told to "vibrate" the names. The description and illustration of the "vibration" given in Liber O have been known to mislead people into hilarious postures. What the picture most resembles is the skulking monster from the movie The Mummy. To the modern eye, it is remarkable how truly unclear a photograph can be. I didn't learn how to vibrate a god-name until I signed up with yet another occult order and was taught it in person. I wouldn't wish the ensuing experience on anyone, so here is a description which I hope will be adequate in print. Vibration phase i -- The Sign of the Enterer (1-4) -------------------------------------------------- 1. Stand upright. Blow all the air out of your lungs. Hold your arms straight out at your sides. 2a. Close your eyes and inhale nasally, imagining that the breath is the name. The exact nature of this imagination differs from person to person. Thus, you imagine yourself inhaling the name into your lungs. 2b. As you inhale, sweep your forearms smoothly and deliberately up so that your fists rest on your temples. 3. Imagine the breath moving down through your torso slowly, and through your pelvis, your legs, and finally to the soles of your feet. (Don't do this so slowly that you are hurting for air when the name reaches your feet!) 4a. The instant the inhaled vibrational name hits the soles of your feet, imagine it rushing back up and out. 4b. Simultaneously, throw yourself forward, thrusting your left foot forward about twelve inches (or thirty centimeters) and catching yourself on it. Your hands shoot forward, together, like a diver. You bend forward at the waist so that your torso winds up parallel to the floor. 4c. The air in your lungs should be blown out through your nose at the same time, but imagine the name shooting out straight ahead. Steps 3-4 are known as the Sign of the Enterer, or of Horus. This symbolizes powerful active energy. The Enterer should be something of a "rush". The vibrational name is projected outwards into more tangible manifestation -- in this case, in the pentagrams of the LBR, which are charged by the force of the projected god-names. It is highly inadvisable to omit the portion of step (4b) which reads "catching yourself on it." But again, I have no desire to infringe on your freedom of choice. Vibration phase ii -- The Sign of Silence (5) --------------------------------------------- 5. Finally, withdraw into a standing position, left arm hanging at your side, right forefinger on lips, left foot pointing ninety degrees out from the body. Step 5 is called the Sign of Silence, or of Harpocrates. This Egyptian god was mistakenly believed (at the turn of the century) to pertain to silence, because his finger or thumb was touching his lips. This gesture is now believed to be a symbol of childhood; this correction appears in the World card of Crowley's "Book of Thoth" Tarot deck. Harpocrates was the god of the Sun at dawn, and so symbolizes wonder, beauty, potential, growth. So, step 5 may be done in this academically corrected light instead. However, the "hush" gesture of the Golden Dawn Sign of Silence is adequate for the modern occultist, even if deprived of A Divine Identification. It is a common gesture, at least in the European culture, meaning silence. Silence perhaps balances the ultra-active Sign of the Enterer better than does the more scholarly positive/active "Sign of Harpocrates the Rising Sun", and silence is surely no alien concept to mystics. The Invocation -------------- The pentagrams are given form by the drawing, life by the vibration, identity by the four-part prayer of steps (x) to (xiv). Some people do very elaborate visualizations of angelic guardians on each of (xi) to (xiv). Because of my tragic personal deficiencies, I am content with strong feelings of presence, identity, and divinity in each of the four directions. A horizontal cross is built up step by step as you say, "Before me Raphael", etc, with you at the center; and the position of your arms forms a vertical cross, a renewal of the Qabalistic Cross from the start of the ritual. You may feel a quite peculiar rising and expansion when both of these crosses are formulated. One has become the center of the geometry of the space, and it is like a little world in itself, cut adrift from the mundane currents of everyday experience. Steps (xv) and (xvi) are when the real banishing takes place, during "For about me flames the pentagram, and in the column stands the six-rayed star." A great pulse of force is emitted during these steps, imposing the personal will on the space and clearing it of all hostile influences. After this is done, the invoked "archangels" maintain the banishing effect, guarding in all four directions. Of course this talk of angels is all bullshit -- the importance lies in the psychological effect. Whether there "really is" an archangel standing there keeping out inimical spirits is not important. The "feeling of cleanliness" is what matters. Concluding Cross ---------------- The final Qabalistic Cross is an affirmation of the completeness and symmetry of the ritual, and also a new self-consecration. This is more efficacious than the previous Cross because it is done in a banished environment. One is now ready to do a formal invocation, an evocation, a meditation, or whatever the overall purpose may be. The LBR is a preliminary ceremony, although it has a beneficial effect in itself. It can profitably be done as a stand-alone ritual, but you should move on. The LBR should keep away the horrible ickies that turn so many novices away from Magick. Its mastery is a first step to adeptship. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (48) Sun 3 Jun 90 20:12 By: Josh Gordon To: All Re: Correction to previous St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14c3a185 TO: Josh Gordon FROM: Tim Maroney Opus reformatting destroyed the reprint of the ritual instructions in the above. Please substitute this text into any copy you saved: i. Touching the forehead say Ateh (Unto Thee), ii. Touching the breast say Malkuth (The Kingdom), iii. Touching the right shoulder, say ve-Geburah (and the Power), iv. Touching the left shoulder, say ve-Gedulah (and the Glory), v. Clasping the hands upon the breast, say le-Olahm, Amen (To the Ages, Amen). vi. Turning to the East, make a pentagram (that of Earth) with the proper weapon (usually the Wand). Say (i.e. vibrate) IHVH. vii. Turning to the South, the same, but say ADNI. viii. Turning to the West, the same, but say AHIH. ix. Turning to the North, the same, but say AGLA. [Pronounce: Ye-ho-wau*, Adonai, Eheieh, Agla.] x. Extending the arms in the form of a cross say, xi. Before me Raphael; xii. Behind me Gabriel; xiii. On my right hand Michael; xiv. On my left hand Auriel; xv. For about me flames the Pentagram, xvi. And in the Column stands the six-rayed Star. xvii-xxi. Repeat (i) to (v), the "Qabalistic Cross." --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (49) Thu 7 Jun 90 6:32 By: Amergin O'Kai To: All Re: Midnight Ride St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3727 14c73416 Where the pale moon rides like a ghost Through the clouds that batter the coast, Where the white winds lash, And the breakers crash, And the selkie scream with glee, The storm-watch is falling But my Lady is calling; Salt spray in my face As naked I race 'Long the shore of the wild tossed sea. The Night-mare runs, no prints on the beach. In terror I flee, just beyond reach. Madly we race In eternal chase As the lightning plays in our hair. The rocks tear my feet In my weary retreat, 'Neath the thunder's growl, 'Midst the wind's feral howl Carrying voices which cry, "Beware!" At a cliff's foot I turn, calling Her name, Slowly She comes, answ'ring the same. Away we ride, My jet-black bride And I, Her wraith-like groom. Where my life's blood has flown The sea calls to its own. And, lost in the glamour, The tocsin bell's clamour Is drowned in my wat'ry doom. --- Opus-CBCS 1.11 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (50) Mon 4 Jun 90 3:06 By: Tim Maroney To: All Re: Sacredness St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:44a1 14ae7dae On the Definition of the Sacred by Tim Maroney At our present level of psychological understanding, we lack even the basics for a definition of such a vague term as "spirituality", except in terms of equally vague words such as "holy", "sacred", and "numinous". These terms can only be defined in terms of each other, so we have gained no real understanding or clarity with such definitions. We are merely playing shuffleboard with syllables. "Sacred" means "consecrated or holy"; "holy" means "divine or sacred"; "numinous" means "divine"; "divine" means "spiritual". At some point in the future, our understanding of psychology may be such that we will be able to break these concepts down into genuinely simpler concepts, such as the interrelationship of neural clusters. But for now, they remain irreducible absolutes. In the face of these circularities, many mystics fall back to the position of no-definition, often expressed in terms of the inherent inadequacy of language to capture the ultimate ground of reality. The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao; katz! But the same is equally true of the phenomena we typically consider mundane and non-spiritual. No language can genuinely capture a single red rose, or the sound of jackhammers at 7:30 on a Saturday morning. Language is by nature a scaled-down model of reality which fails to partake of the wholeness of the phenomenon it describes. There is no reason that language should be any less useful in discussing the "numinous" than it is in discussing the rose or the hammer. The true problem in description of the spiritual is lack of a vocabulary. "Red" as an experience can't really be defined any more than "holy" can. It is just that we all know what the word "red" refers to, having experienced the referent ourselves, and having experienced the word in conjunction with its referent. Those who have experienced sacredness recognize it, and they may be able to suggest to each other a vocabulary for describing its particular manifestations. Those who do not know spirit will see this vocabulary as a meaningless jargon. But even those who know should be aware that they are not explaining spirit with their vocabulary. They are merely labelling it. And yet, people persist in the silliest attempts to explain the spirit with labels. We are bombarded by totally foolish "definitions" such as "feelings out of the ordinary" (does this include the feeling of being rear-ended by a purple Volkswagen?) and "other dimensions of consciousness" (the term "dimension" is surpassed only by "evolution" in its use as a meaningless buzz-word by the metaphysically inclined). Non-definitions of this sort are in their way as good as any other terminology, because those who have known the spirit will recognize more or less what the speaker is talking about, but they are no more basic -- and a good deal more fuzzy-minded -- than "holy", "sacred", and the rest of the crew. So let us take sacredness as an indefinable but recognizable absolute, and starting from there try to develop a taxonomy of sacred experiences. Immediately new problems arise. First, religions have long worked to develop these terminologies themselves, yet no two religions can agree on them. Second, being more or less familiar with these religious systems, we may find it difficult to avoid invisible but powerful assumptions built into them -- or, more likely, we will not even try, treating these basic assumptions as unquestioned fact. Third, we may once again fall into nonsense of the "dimensions of consciousness" or "feelings out of the ordinary" kind, imagining that we are analyzing things into more basic concepts when we are only spinning out absurdity. Probably the most common error is to refer to "states of consciousness". This terminology ignores the fact that there are as many states of consciousness as there are moments in the lives of all sentient beings. It's as if we are imagining the mind to be a car, with first gear the "mundane consciousness", second gear the first stages of "religious illumination", and so on. But the mind is far more complex than a car; it does not have clearly distinct modes of operation. Each of its "states" involves billions of variables. Not only is one person's meditative trance not the same state as another person's, it is not even the same state for the same person from meditation to meditation, or from moment to moment in a single session. We can speak of broad classes of similar experiences, but not of states of consciousness. "Red" is not a "state of vision"; it is one component of a visual experience which has many other factors and which will never be precisely duplicated in another experience. We do not see vision in terms of "states", but in terms of highly complex, multidimensional phenomena. Is the sacred simpler and more mechanical than the visible? "States of consciousness" is an example of all three kinds of errors: using the terminology of a single school, not questioning the assumptions underlying a terminology, and mistaking a meaningless label for serious analysis. Another common error is the confounding of classes. For instance, we might divide spiritual experiences into the immanent and the transcendent. The former sees the unity (or voidness) of all phenomena; the latter sees all phenomena as transcended by some spiritual force or being outside the mundane world. This is a perfect valid measure of spiritual experiences, but it is not the only (or even the primary) measure. Many experiences are more similar to counterparts in the other class than they are to their classmates. Some belong in both classes or neither. There are any number of spiritual measures, among which are static or dynamic, full or empty, harsh or soothing, personal or impersonal, free or structured, spontaneous or deliberate, passionate or arid, solitary or social, intellectual and emotional, differentiated and uniform, and so forth. We do not impose any useful taxonomy by putting one of these measurements above the others, dividing all spiritual experiences into type 1 and type 2. A static, full, harsh, impersonal, immanent experience is more like a static, full, harsh, impersonal, transcendent experience than it is like a dynamic, empty, soothing, personal immanent experience. But if we were committed to making a basic division between immanent and transcendent experiences, we would have to say that any immanent experience is more like any other immanent experience than it is like any transcendent experience. In summary, no language is truly adequate to description of spirituality, but some terminologies are less adequate than others. Terminologies which claim to analyze but do not break notions down into more basic notions are nonsense. Terminologies which impose an oversimplified linear structure on the multidimensional nature of spiritual experience are misleading. Terminologies based on unexamined assumptions about the structure of the psyche and the superiority of some experiences to others are worse than useless. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) @PATH: 100/523 301/9 102/922 --- msged 1.99S ZTC * Origin: Cassandra-News * 818-899-3687 (1:102/922) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (51) Sun 10 Jul 88 22:56 By: Josh Gordon To: All Re: Tarot Cards St: Sent ------------------------------------------------------------------------ * Original: FROM.....Brad Hicks (100/523) * Original: TO.......L.a. Hussey (161/93) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 161/93 @EID:0 22d855d8 ... continued from previous message X) THE WHEEL - From a traditional standpoint, I cannot criticize this card much. Oh, the three emblematic figures around the Rider-Waite Wheel seem more PERSONAL to me, but I can learn to attribute personal ebb and flow to the seasons if I try. Unrelated question: if you are converting to Neopagan symbolism, why keep the Four Evangelists? Wouldn't the standard emblems for the elements be better? XI) JUSTICE - I love this card. I have nothing bad to say about it at all. Beautiful, meaningful, appropriate. XII) THE HANGED [MAN] - I'm afraid I cannot translate the runes around his head, so I'm sure I'm missing something. Assuming that this is Odin hanging from Ygdrassil, then perhaps the missing eye (which I didn't notice until about the eight time I looked at this) should be more obvious - maybe substitute a straight line for the empty socket, the represent the eyelids swollen shut? Oh, and isn't this guy a bit young to be the All-Father? XIII) DEATH - The Rider-Waite displays Death as the Ultimate Democrat, taking down King and Priest and Peasant all. This is an aspect of Death that I can live without, and your Death as the birth canal (I assume the vulval shape is deliberate?) is very much in keeping with the traditional teachings on reincarnation. (Shame I don't really believe in it.) XIV) TEMPERANCE - Portrayed as Apollo. A bit juiceless, this card lacks the impact of some of the others. It is, however, perfectly appropriate. XV) INTEMPERANCE - In the Rider-Waite, Trump XV is The Devil. I can understand why you wanted to expunge this symbol (just as I see why you expunged the Last Judgement, number XX). But I miss the parallel between this card and V, the Lovers. I also like the message that the "chains" of Lust are illusionary, that we can slip them off when Lust is less appropriate than Love. (If you never noticed this, look at the chains around the necks of the figures "chained to the Devil" - they're both quite loose, and could be slipped off easily.) It also made sense numerically for 5 and 15 to be related. On the flip side, your Dionysus makes a similar parallel/contrast to/with XIV, Temperance/Apollo. There is complexity here that I will have to meditate on. XVI) THE TOWER - Simple and direct. Minor nit - the human figures falling from the top lent identification to the image. Can/will you work them back in? XVII) THE STAR - You have portrayed the Star as the intersection of Sun and Moon. I don't really like that, I think. Feel free to speak at length in favor of your reinterpretation (it's your deck, after all), but I much, much prefer the personification of Sirius, bridging land, sea, and sky in radiant, sexual beauty, as shown in Rider-Waite and portrayed SO beautifully in the Fantasy Showcase. XVIII) THE MOON - The Cauldron of Cerydwen is a beautiful lunar symbol, and I much prefer it to the traditional card. XIX) THE SUN - I do not understand the symbolism of this card at all. Could you explain it to me? I'm especially curious why you didn't use the Yule Child as a straight-forward adaptation, especially since some of your symbolism (the lemniscate on I, the pillars on II, and the evangelists on X) are =more= traditional than need be. XX) THE PHOENIX - This could stand to be drawn a bit better (perhaps a more flame-like flame) to make it look a bit less cartoony, but I like the substitution of this card for The Last Judgement. XXI) THE WORLD - As with The Sun, I think I'm missing the point on this one. P.S. Nice self-portrait on card III. Is IV supposed to be David? (Hard to tell with that helmet on.) --- Sirius 0.50 * Origin: WeirdBase * St. Louis * 1-314-741-2231 * (Opus 1:100/523) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (52) Fri 6 May 88 19:44 By: Hugh Read To: All Re: The Pentagram St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:01a6 10a69d92 I invoke Ancient Powers of The Star The Powers of Five The Spiral Powers The Powers of Earth I invoke the Ancient Powers of Life Star in the Circle In the Iron Circle Quaint, ancient symbol So ancient, primordial and timeless Dark symbol of life On planets bearing life Deep in DNA Deeply branded in the Heart of our Earth Touchstone of Wisdom Of Ancient Knowledge, NOW, Living in the stars I call out through the Circled Iron Star For my Star Power Out through the Galaxies Claiming Dark Powers --- ZMailO 1.10 - Delta I (Opus/FTS001) * Origin: Dragonfriend's Point(1:104/11.5) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (53) Sun 22 Jul 90 17:33 By: Russ Anderson To: all Re: this echo area St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:9cbd 14f68c20 Metaphysical is part of the Magicknet triad. It is for magazine quality posts only! Legitimate posts include articles, essays, ritual, stories, extended quotes from magickal authors where such quotes are legal, and poems. Topics run the gamut of the magickal and/or Pagan experience and may include both humor and fiction, but please try to make it reasonably obvious what is what. Replies to posts in this echo must go to either the Magicknet echo or the Mundane echo. Sysops are reminded that they are responsible for making sure that only magazine quality posts are presented in this echo. If your software allows, you are urged to disable replies and limit posting or even screen posts in this area. Amergin O'Kai and Russ Anderson are currently the acting moderators of the Magicknet triad. B*B Dragonfriend (Mr. Moderator) --- ZMailO 1.10 - Delta I (Opus/FTS001) * Origin: Dragonfriend's Point(1:104/11.5) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (54) Thu 9 Aug 90 19:20 By: No Exit To: Any Re: thoughts St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:bdf8 15099a80@ PID: RA 0.04 First time writing to this net. I don't know how many this is going out to... I've been wondering about the validity of "magic" and of religion in general. The concept of evil, if one is to pull it from being simply the catalyst or thing causing bad things to happen, then where does it go? Is then evil really evil? Take the notion of evil (considering that God should of been powerful enough to begin with) and make it into something that isn't necessarily bad. Same with holy or "good". Change that into something that doesn't necessarily have to be good. Now, with only some sort of catalyst running about (not being good or evil to begin withe) controling our destinies, then what there is is just something that needs to be reckoned with. Also, if this controling force is the thing that is controling our destinies, then before it (or it, the thing itself) then has no pattern to understand about it. What controles destiny must be the chaos from which it pulls our reality from. If this force were to be anything less then complete chaos, then it would be itself a formed pattern and, in being so, not be the "force" itself. So, destiny comes from and is shaped by chaos. Suppose a person wished to shape destiny, wanted to take control of that power and begin to shape things into his own desires... What would it take in order to go into chaos and cause a pattern to form? He/she couldn't use any pattern of beliefs, they'd be destroyed upon entering or else hold the explorer back. What then? Curiosity? A plain and simple desire. What is more chaotic to begin with then caprice or intuition? No Exit P.S. Looking for your opinion... --- ZMailR 1.10 - Alpha B (RemoteAccess) * Origin: The 8th Sea, Denver, CO (303)252-9235 (1:104/610.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (55) Mon 13 Aug 90 5:42 By: Chip Gordon To: Tim Maroney Re: Sacredness St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:73c4 150d2d4b Sacred is one thing, but "spirit" (not spirituality, which is a meaningless word) is defined quite well by Jung in his 1930's lectures on Nietzsche. It is a very definite psychological element and altogehter different from "soul." Spirit doesn't necessarily have anything to do with religion. When we speak of "spirits" in the popular sense, we are using the word incorrectly. Spirit is revelation, consciousness, enlightenment, etc. It implies growth in the mind. Soul is the opposite -- it has to do with private feelings and unconscious impulses, with mood and emotion and mysticism.. If the Spirit is the Sun, the Soul is the Moon. --- * Origin: ThelemaNet San Francisco * (415) 751-9308 (Opus 1:161/93) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (56) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:09 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Sup. Court and Peyote (1 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e0d9 150da127 The following 13 messages, retrieved from PeaceNet, discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling permitting states to prohibit sacramental use of peyote. Supreme Court Continues Chipping Away At Citizen's 1st Amendment Rights, Part 1. --------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- Exerpts from the following article detailing the April 17th ruling by the US Supreme Court which decided that Native Americans could no longer use peyote in their religious practices: "For all practical purposes, a majority of the Supreme Court has eliminated the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment from our Bill of Rights," said American Jewish Congress Executive Director Henry Siegman. "The court's decision in the peyote case can have the most far- reaching consequences for all religions, but primarily for religious minorities," continued Siegman. "It is precisely such minorities the Bill of Rights sought to protect, for it is they who are particularly vulnerable to the depredations of momentary and localized majorities." ... Dr. Robert L. Maddox, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the "Smith" ruling is cause for concern... "We are concerned," he continued, "that this ruling will have a negative effect on minority religions. Mainstream faiths will probably have little difficulty getting the exemptions they need; smaller groups with less political influence will have a tougher time of it. That is unfortunate. Religious freedom should not be left to the whim of state and federal lawmakers. "No one wants anarchy in the name of religion," he added, "but do we really want more and more government regulation of religion? What bothers us most is the movement away from individual liberty and toward statism--whatever the government wants, goes." --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (57) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:10 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (2 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:2d0c 150da152 [2] The following article appeared in the June 1990 issue of "Church and State", a publication of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, 8120 Fenton St., Silver Spring, MD, 20910, and is reprinted here w/permission. --------------------------------------------------------------------- -------- The Day 'Sherbert' Melted by Rob Boston Discarding A 27-Year-Old Test For Religious Liberty Cases, The Supreme Court Says Government May Restrict Religiously Motivated Conduct Alfred Smith considers himself apolitical; he's not even registered to vote. But, in light of what the Supreme Court did April 17, the 70- year-old Oregonian is ready to jump into politics in a big way. The high court ruled 6-3 that day that Native Americans do not have a constitutional right to use the drug peyote during their religious ceremonies. Smith, one of the plaintiffs who helped bring the case before the nation's highest court, is angry--angry enough to take his fight to the polls. "I'm encouraging all people to register and vote this year," Smith said. "This is the time for it. I have never voted before because I don't care to condone the system, but I have made a stand here with this case." The political route Smith proposes may be one many members of minority religions are forced to take in the future, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision in the "Employment Division v. Smith" case. The justices' ruling marks an abrupt shift in free exercise jurisprudence, granting government broad new powers over religious practices. What makes the "Smith" decision so significant is that in reaching it five justices voted to abandon the court's doctrine of "compelling state interest," a move with far-reaching implications for religious liberty. In a nutshell, the 27-year-old doctrine says that the government can restrict religious freedom only when it proves there is a compelling interest to do so and that there is no less intrusive alternative available to achieve the state's goals. The judicial rule grew out of the 1963 "Sherbert v. Verner" decision and is usually called the "Sherbert" Test. In the recent peyote case the court rejected the "Sherbert" standard in favor of a much narrower test, holding that government may offer religiously based exemptions from generally applicable laws if it chooses, but it is under no constitutional obligation to do so. Wrote Justice Antonin Scalia for the majority, "We have never held that an individual's religious beliefs excuse him from compliance with an otherwise valid law prohibiting conduct that the State is free to regulate." [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (58) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:11 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (3 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:c4b3 150da172 [3] Scalia went on to say that applying the doctrine of compelling state interest in the peyote dispute and similar cases would create "a private right to ignore generally applicable laws [which would be] a constitutional anomaly." Rigorous application of the "Sherbert" approach, he said, would be "courting anarchy." Later in the opinion, Scalia admitted that the ruling will force minority religious groups to seek relief from oppressive laws by lobbying elected officials, and some may fail in their efforts. But he excused this as unavoidable. "It may fairly be said," observed Scalia, "that leaving accommodation to the political process will place at a relative disadvantage those religious practices that are not widely engaged in; but that unavoidable consequence of democratic government must be preferred to a system in which each conscience is a law unto itself or in which judges weigh the social importance of all laws against the centrality of all religious beliefs." The court majority acknowledged that judicial exemptions from neutral laws have sometimes been granted for religious reasons. But, Scalia argued, such exemptions have generally been granted in conjunction with another constitutional right--such as free speech. He called these examples "hybrids" and implied they are special cases. Other than that, said Scalia, the only legal disputes where the "Sherbert" analysis has been applied consistently and usefully are unemployment compensation rulings, such as the line of decisions approving jobless benefits for workers who are fired for refusing to work on their sabbath. Ironically the "Smith" case involved just such an unemployment controversy. It started in 1984 when Smith, a Klamath Indian, and another man, Galen W. Black, a non-Indian, were fired from their jobs as drug counselors after the agency they worked for learned the pair had used the drug peyote during ceremonies in the Native American Church. The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Treatment (ADAPT) had a policy stating that all employees must be drug free. Smith and Black thought an exemption would be made for their religious use of peyote, a mild hallucinogen derived from some cactus plants, but ADAPT officials saw things differently: Both men were dismissed. [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (59) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:12 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (4 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:d9aa 150da190 [4] When Smith and Black subsequently applied for unemployment benefits, they were turned down. Officials with the state Employment Division said the two had been fired for misconduct and therefore did not qualify. The duo took the case to the courts. Four years later the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the ceremonial use of peyote is permissible under state law and is even protected by the First Amendment. The Supreme Court's recent action overturns that decision. The "Smith" majority drew upon a somewhat unusual alignment of justices. Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron R. White were predictable allies. All four have argued for a narrower reading of the First Amendment's religious liberty clauses. Justice John Paul Stevens, however, provided the key fifth vote. Stevens, often thought of as a member of the court's liberal wing, favors a strict separationist reading of the Establishment Clause, but has argued in past cases for a less expansive reading of the Free Exercise Clause. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor concurred in the "Smith" outcome, but wrote a separate dissent that accused the majority of going too far. "Although I agree with the result the Court reaches in this case, I cannot join its opinion," asserted O'Connor. "In my view, today's holding dramatically departs from well-settled First Amendment jurisprudence, appears unnecessary to resolve the question presented, and is incompatible with our Nation's fundamental commitment to individual religious liberty." The free exercise of religion, O'Connor added, is a "preferred constitutional activity," entitled to "heightened judicial scrutiny." The "Sherbert" Test, she continued, has worked well to "strike sensible balances between religious liberty and competing state interests." Justices Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan Jr. and Thurgood Marshall indicated agreement with O'Connor's opinion, although they said they would have gone further and upheld the Native American Church members' claim. The court's liberal wing criticized the majority for "mischaracterizing this Court's precedents" and engaging in a "wholesale overtuning of settled law concerning the Religion Clauses of our Constitution." --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (60) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:13 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (5 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6596 150da1ae [5] Wrote Blackmun, "One hopes that the Court is aware of the consequences, and that its result is not a product of over-reaction to the serious problems the country's drug crisis has generated." The justice insisted that ritual peyote use by Native Americans could be tolerated without jeopardizing the nation's campaign to curb drug abuse. He noted that the federal government allowed the Roman Catholic Church to employ sacramental wine at masses during Prohibition. Said Blackmun, "I do not believe the Founders thought their dearly bought freedom from religious persecution a 'luxury,' but an essential element of liberty--and they could not have thought religious intolerance 'unavoidable,' for they drafted the Religion Clauses precisely in order to avoid that intolerance." Even though the case dealt with the sensitive issue of drug use, several religious organizations had sided with the Native American Church members, most notably the American Jewish Congress, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Smith and Black. "For all practical purposes, a majority of the Supreme Court has eliminated the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment from our Bill of Rights," said AJC Executive Director Henry Siegman. "The court's decision in the peyote case can have the most far- reaching consequences for all religions, but primarily for religious minorities," continued Siegman. "It is precisely such minorities the Bill of Rights sought to protect, for it is they who are particularly vulnerable to the depredations of momentary and localized majorities." Three weeks after the decision the AJC and an extraordinarily diverse coalition of religious and civil liberties groups filed a petition for rehearing before the Supreme Court. The petition urged the justices to hear the case again so the organizations will have the opportunity to address their free exercise concerns in friend-of-the-court briefs. Groups joining the AJC include: the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, People for the American Way, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the American Civil Liberties Union, the Christian Legal Society, the American Jewish Committee, the Unitarian-Universalist Association, the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Worldwide Church of God and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also signed the petition. [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (61) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:14 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (6 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:198a 150da1cd [6] Attorney Oliver S. Thomas of the Baptist Joint Committee said it is important that religious and civil liberties groups have the opportunity to express their views to the court. He said the court's abandonment of the "Sherbert" Test could have a wide impact. "Taxation of church assets, regulation of church schools and child- care centers, zoning and other land-use questions are all areas of the law where we've relied upon the compelling state interest test to provide churches with exemptions," Thomas told the Baptist Press. "With a stroke of his pen, Justice Scalia has overturned 27 years of legal precedent and made the 'first liberty' a constitutional stepchild." The Rutherford Institute, a conservative legal aid group that frequently litigates free exercises cases, was also dismayed by the ruling. Said Institute President John W. Whitehead in a press statement, "Justice Scalia's opinion rejects the notion that free exercise of religion is a preferred right. Rather, in most situations it is valid only when coupled with another constitutional right. "Armed with this opinion, a state may draft a law that violates religious liberty, claim it is `religiously neutral' and those affected by it may have no recourse under the Constitution." Constitutional scholars were particularly amazed that the majority in the peyote case relied heavily on "Minersville School District v. Gobitis," a 1940 Supreme Court decision that said Jehovah's Witness children in public schools could be forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance. "Gobitis" was overturned three years later in the "Barnette" decision and has been roundly criticized ever since as one of the court's biggest mistakes. Observed Douglas Laycock, law professor at the University of Texas, "The court repeatedly quotes "Gobitis" without noting that it was overruled in "Barnette," and without noting that it triggered a nationwide outburst of violence against Jehovah' s Witnesses. Until the opinion in this case, "Gobitis" was thoroughly discredited." But not all courtwatchers were chagrined by the ruling. Jules B. Gerard, a constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, told Religious News Service there has been a lot of overreaction. Gerard said the decision "overturns very little" and accused those who have protested it of "hysterical talk." [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (62) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:15 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (7 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e968 150da1ec [7] Bruce Fein, a conservative constitutional scholar, went even further, applauding the ruling in a column in "The Washington Times." Fein wrote, "It is both counter-intuitive and contrary to American political experience to suppose the "Smith" ruling portends an epitaph for religious tolerance and accommodation in generally applicable legislative enactments. And when religion must yield to secular law, the former continues to prosper." Fein went on to say that religions can drop fundamental tenets and still survive, pointing out that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints (the Mormons) in 1890 dumped its support for plural marriage after the Supreme Court refused to allow the practice for religious reasons. Conservative columnist George Will also was pleased with the "Smith" decision. "A central purpose of America's political arrangements is the subordination of religion to the political order, meaning the primacy of democracy," he observed. "The Founders, like Locke before them, wished to tame and domesticate religious passions of the sort that convulsed Europe....Hence, religion is to be perfectly free as long as it is perfectly private--mere belief--but it must bend to the political will (law) as regards conduct." However, Dr. Robert L. Maddox, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the "Smith" ruling is cause for concern. "If a majority of the justices did not believe the Native American Church members had a valid claim, they could have rejected them by relying on the doctrine of compelling state interest," said Maddox. "But a majority chose to go much further, effectively weakening the protection the court has extended to religious free exercise. "We are concerned," he continued, "that this ruling will have a negative effect on minority religions. Mainstream faiths will probably have little difficulty getting the exemptions they need; smaller groups with less political influence will have a tougher time of it. That is unfortunate. Religious freedom should not be left to the whim of state and federal lawmakers. "No one wants anarchy in the name of religion," he added, "but do we really want more and more government regulation of religion? What bothers us most is the movement away from individual liberty and toward statism--whatever the government wants, goes." The decision has already had a practical consequence for one minority faith. Just six days after the "Smith" ruling, the justices, by a 7-2 vote, ordered the Minnesota Supreme Court to reconsider a recent decision it made exempting an Amish group from complying with a highway safety law. [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (63) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:16 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (8 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:5a13 150da213 [8] Members of the Old Order Amish had protested a state law requiring them to display orange safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies. The Amish said the bright symbols violated their belief in a plain lifestyle. The Minnesota high court agreed in 1989, but now may be forced to reverse the "State v. Hershberger" decision in light of the "Smith" ruling. In Eugene, Ore., meanwhile, Al Smith has no more faith in the courts. After joining about 100 people in a protest of the decision that bears his name at a Eugene federal building April 20, Smith told reporters he is backing proposed legislation suggested by state representative Jim Edmunson of Eugene that would allow Native Americans to use peyote in religious rituals in Oregon. If that fails, Smith said, the Oregon Supreme Court could decide Native American peyote use is permissible under the state constitution. Smith told "Church & State" he is also working with Native American groups in the United States that are considering filing a protest before the International Court of Justice (commonly called the World Court) in The Hague, Netherlands. "The United States is saying the original people of this land can't worship," Smith told Church & State. "We were worshipping a long time before the white man ever set foot on this turtle island. "The issue is not dead, by no means," continued Smith. "I'm not giving up; I have committed no crime. It's not a crime to pray in the old way." KOYAANISQATSI ko.yan.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi Language) n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living. [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (64) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:17 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (9 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:991b 150da22d [8] --------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- Exerpts from the following article analyzing the effects the US Supreme Court ruling on the Native American Church's use of peyote as being illegal: Native American church members stripped of their rights under the Constitution are now subject to the will of the legislative branch of our state and federal governments. Not an enviable place for Indian people; as a distinct racial and religious minority Indians have always had an uphill struggle in the halls of Congress and elsewhere to have their rights recognized and respected. The legislative branch of any government is an exceedingly unusual place for individuals to look to have their rights under the First Amendment vindicated. Courts are traditionally looked to as protectors of these rights, against majoritarian legislatures. Justice O'Connor, in a separate concurring opinion which joined the result of the majority but sharply criticized its method, reasoned that "the First Amendment was enacted precisely to protect those whose religious practices are not shared by the majority and may be viewed with hostility." As a result of "Smith," minority religions, in Justice Scalia's opinion, may be at a disadvantage in the political arena. But that is, in his estimation, "an unavoidable consequence of democratic government," preferable to "a system in which each conscience is a law unto itself." Justice Scalia had to strain to defend his decision, citing the need to prevent "anarchy" in our democratic society. Indian people simply want to be left alone in our society to worship the god of their choice. Is that asking too much? The Court's decision in "Smith" strips Indians of their pride and integrity, and makes many of them criminals in the eyes of the law. Only history will judge the Court's decision in "Smith;" but for now the remote specter of anarchy may very well have been the preferred choice. [end of article; more to come] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (65) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:18 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (10 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:ff1b 150da255 [10] The following article appeared in the Spring 1990 issue of "Native American Rights Fund Legal Review", a publication of the Native American Rights Fund, 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302, and is reprinted here w/permission. --------------------------------------------------------------------- -------- Supreme Court Deals Devastating Blow to Native American Church by Steve Moore On Tuesday, April 17, 1990, the United States Supreme Court struck a gut wrenching blow to the religious lives of many of this country's Native Americans, in a decision which invites the return to an era of religious persecution one would hope a presumably enlightened and tolerant society such as ours had left behind. In the case of "Oregon Department of Employment v. Alfred Smith," Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for a five member majority, and describing the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause as little more than a "negative protection accorded to religious belief," held that a member of a religious faith may not challenge under the free exercise clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution a legislature's criminal enactment of otherwise general application which produces infringement on a particular religious practice. In the "Smith" case this amounted to a challenge to the constitutionality of an Oregon drug law which the Court interpreted as a general criminal prohibition on all uses of the drug peyote, considered by Indian members of the Native American Church as an essential sacrament, the physical embodiment of the Great Spirit. The Native American Church, which claims over 250,000 members nationwide, and additional Indian practitioners in Canada and Mexico, and which can be traced back archaeologically several thousand years in North America, was not absolutely destroyed or driven underground by the Court's action. The Court did not go so far as to rule that any state or federal law exempting the religious, sacramental use of peyote was an unconstitutional establishment of religion, at the other end of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. In the Court's terms, a peyote exemption, while constitutionally *permitted*, is neither constitutionally *required* or *prohibited*. A kind of constitutional limbo-land for the Native American Church and its members. [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (66) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:19 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: peyote (11 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b541 150da272 [11] In real terms the decision leaves the fate of the peyote religion to the whim of majoritarian legislatures and Congress. Eleven states currently have exemptions on the statute books protecting the religion; another twelve tie their exemption to a federal Drug Enforcement Agency regulation which rests on questionable foundation since the decision. A small handful of states, notably California and Nebraska, in which are located some of the largest Indian and Native American Church populations, have based their protection on court decisions. The others, and the federal government through Congress, have no statutory or common law protection. Indian reservation lands will provide some safe haven from possible prosecution, given the particular Public Law 280 configuration in any given state, but problems of transportation of the sacrament into Indian country through "illegal" territory will reduce peyote ceremonies to complex and dangerous liaisons. Native American church members stripped of their rights under the Constitution are now subject to the will of the legislative branch of our state and federal governments. Not an enviable place for Indian people; as a distinct racial and religious minority Indians have always had an uphill struggle in the halls of Congress and elsewhere to have their rights recognized and respected. The legislative branch of any government is an exceedingly unusual place for individuals to look to have their rights under the First Amendment vindicated. Courts are traditionally looked to as protectors of these rights, against majoritarian legislatures. Justice O'Connor, in a separate concurring opinion which joined the result of the majority but sharply criticized its method, reasoned that "the First Amendment was enacted precisely to protect those whose religious practices are not shared by the majority and may be viewed with hostility." [more] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (67) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:20 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (12 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:991b 150da28e [12] A noted scholar of Indian law and philosopher, Felix Cohen, was quoted several decades ago as saying: "Like the miner's canary, the Indian marks the shifts from fresh air to poison gas in our political atmosphere; and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, reflects the rise and fall in our democratic faith ...." Cohen's words become even more prophetic after the Court's decision in "Smith." The "Smith" decision may perhaps portend even greater persecution for other forms of Indian religious expression. Examples which come to mind include: the wearing of long hair by Indian students in public schools, and by Indian prisoners in federal and state prisons; missing school on a regular basis for cultural/religious ceremonial purposes; the taking of game by Indians out season, when not otherwise protected by treaty; burning wood to heat rocks for sweat- lodge ceremonies, when burning is otherwise outlawed by local ordinance during times of high pollution; and body piercing as part of the Sun Dance ceremony. If these forms of religious expression are otherwise prohibited by general criminal laws, the First Amendment no longer provides a basis from which to claim protection from religious infringement. As with peyote use, reservation boundaries will provide a buffer from the application of state law, except where Public Law 280 legitimizes intrusion. As a result of "Smith," minority religions, in Justice Scalia's opinion, may be at a disadvantage in the political arena. But that is, in his estimation, "an unavoidable consequence of democratic government," preferable to "a system in which each conscience is a law unto itself." Justice Scalia had to strain to defend his decision, citing the need to prevent "anarchy" in our democratic society. Indian people simply want to be left alone in our society to worship the god of their choice. Is that asking too much? The Court's decision in "Smith" strips Indians of their pride and integrity, and makes many of them criminals in the eyes of the law. Only history will judge the Court's decision in "Smith;" but for now the remote specter of anarchy may very well have been the preferred choice. [end of article; more to come] --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (68) Mon 13 Aug 90 20:30 By: Shanti Lightdancer To: All Re: Peyote (13 of 13) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:8737 150da3cb [13 of 13] STATEMENT FROM PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHURCH LEADERS WHO SUPPORT INDIAN RELIGIOUS RIGHTS Re: Employment Division, State of Oregon v. Al Smith, Galen Black, 88-1213 The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the sacramental use of peyote in Native American religious rites is unfortunate and deeply disappointing. We support the right of Native Americans to practice their religion as they have for centuries. We concur with Justice Harry Blackmun, who writing for the dissent, called the decision a "wholesale overturning of settled law concerning the religious clauses of our Constitution." The decision jeopardizes the fundamental right of all citizens to exercise freedom of religion free from government restraint. We will continue to work with Native Americans to help them protect their religious rights. The Most Rev. Raymond G. Huthausen Archbishop of Seattle Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle The Right Rev. Vincent W. Warner, Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Olympia The Most Rev. Thomas Murphy, Coadjutor Archbishop Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle The Rev. John Boonstra, Executive Minister Washington Association of Churches The Rev. Calvin D. McConnell, Bishop United Methodist Church Pacific NW Conference The Rev. W. James Halfaker, Conference Minister Washington-Idaho Conference United Church of Christ The Rev. Lowell Knutson, Bishop NW Washington Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church In America The Rev. Dr. William B. Cate, President Director Church Council of Greater Seattle The Rev. Gaylord Hasselblad, Executive Minister American Baptist Churches of the Northwest These church leaders issued an apology to Indians that was carried in the Winter 1988 NARF Legal Review --- Opus-CBCS 1.12 * Origin: Opera=Amorum, BaphoNet-At-Night -> (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (69) Fri 24 Aug 90 7:32 By: The Bard To: All Re: More verses for ROTR St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 15183c0f I was singing Hari Rama We will pray with those Egyptians With my friend the Dalai Lama Build pyramids to put our crypts in 'Til they dumped us in the slammer Cover subways with inscriptions, But that's good enough for me which is good enough for me.....! One-eyed Odin we will follow We will pray to Zarathustra And in fighting we will wallow And we'll pray just like we usta Till we wind up in Valhallow I'm a Zarathustra boosta! Which is good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! Hare Krishna gets a laugh on I'll arise at early mornin' When he sees me dressed in saffron When the Sun gives me the warnin' With my hair that's only half on That the Solar Age is dawnin' But that's good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! It's the opera written for us We will all join in the chorus It's the opera about Boris Which is Godunov for me! --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (70) Mon 27 Aug 90 1:45 By: The Bard To: All Re: lest we forget... St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 151b0da6 RULES FOR BEING HUMAN 1. You will reeive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called LIFE. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like these lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid. It makes no difference, you will learn lessons. 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works." 4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson. 5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned. 6. "There" is no better than "Here." When your "There" has become a "Here" you will simply obtain another "There" that will again, look better than "Here." 7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about youself. 8. What you make of life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources that you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is YOURS. 9. The answers to life's questions lie inside of you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust. 10. You will get what you ask for. It may not be what you wanted, but it will be what you asked for. UPON ENTERING THIS LEVEL OF EXISTENCE, YOU WILL FORGET ALL OF THE ABOVE. --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (71) Mon 27 Aug 90 13:00 By: The Bard To: All Re: More Real OTR verses.... St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 151b6810 We will sing a verse for Eris (Golden apples for the fairest!) Though she sometimes likes to scare us But she's good enough for me We will sing for great Diana Who will teach of love and honor But you really gotta wanna! 'Cause she's tough enough for me If your god of choice is Squat Well then trendy, man, you're not - But you'll get a parking spot! And that's good enough for me Of Great Murphy much is spoken For his Law shall not be broken It's not pretty when he's woken Things go wrong for you and me --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (72) Tue 28 Aug 90 18:11 By: The Bard To: All Re: More ROTR verses even yet...... St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 151c9167 More Real Old Time Religion: We will venerate Bubastis Call Him God, or call him Allah 'Cause my cat walked up and ast us The priest will take your dollah (Now the cat box is DISASTROUS!) Easy living from -your- follah- But it's good enough for me! -wers, but sorry, -not- from me! (The whole thing is FREQable as SONGS10.TXT at 114/29.....) --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (73) Sat 1 Sep 90 23:55 By: The Bard To: All Re: Real OTR (revisions of contributions) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 1521bef2 Herewith more verses sent for Real Old Time Religion: (Yes, these have been re-written to scan better to the song... THANKS! for the contribution!) I'll sing some songs to Lilith, Now Danae was sweet as flowers, Not so young, and not so girlish, She was into golden showers; and She's always PMS-ish, And that showed her Zeus' power but She's good enough for me! And that's good enough for me! And what about this Baccus, Diana is a little spikey Who lives just to raise a ruckus? And she is a little dyke-ey Loosens women so they'll **** us, You don't have to be a Psych-e Well, that's good enough for me! To know that's right for me! Lilith wears a lacy nightie And She is a little flighty She will get you all excite-y She's wet-dream enough for me! More verses are always welcome to this collection. Send them to: the Bard FIDO Net: 1:114/29 (602) 439-8070 c/o Deus Ex Machina PO Box 35190 Internet: the.Bard@f29.n114.z1.fidonet.org Phoenix AZ 85069 --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (103) Sat 15 Sep 90 7:58 By: Pine To: Thomas Frost Re: Promised article, for moderated metaphysics echo St: Pvt ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:1754 152f3f58 What is the difference between 'Philosophical' and 'Metaphysical'? (asked Jason Moore on the Magick echo). As Humpty Dumpty said to Alice, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean." "Philosophy" and "Metaphysics" can have many meanings, depending on your mood and what you ate for lunch. But most Pagans and New Age folk today choose a rather different meaning for "Metaphysics" than it usually means when used in the same sentence with "Philosophy". Philosophy, loosely speaking, is the Quest for Truth. What can we know, how do we know it, how do we choose whether one way of knowing or living is better than another. The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Metaphysics says "That's an awful big territory. What's the absolute ground starting point? What's the truly deep, ultimate Reality like?" In the West, Aristotle started it off with a series of essays, which he did NOT say were about "Metaphysics". The title was invented by the librarians. Aristotle was already well-known for his"Physics", so his latest bestseller metaphysical stuff got shelvednext to his "Physics". Since one of the meanings of the Greek"meta" is "next to" in its trivial sense, "Metaphysics" merely meant the scrolls next to "Physics". Therein lies a pun. "Metaphysics" now implies what precedes physics. What is the underlying knowledge that makes it possible for there to be a physics at all? Aristotle's original work looked at three things. 1) What is the nature of be-ing? What does it mean to say something "is"? What do we mean when we claim that there is a reality? This is known as "ontology". 2) What is reality like? What are its first principles, which make the more complicated knowledge we think of as physics, possible? What things are always true of every possible thing? This knowledge, if it exists, is the basis of all possible proofs. This is known as "Universal Science". 3) What is the highest, or most ultimate, form of being? This is the search for Divinity. Most philosophers today consider theology to have spun off into a sitcom of its own, and don't talk much about the possibility of God/ess/ness within philosophy. (part 2 of 2 follows) --- msged 2.00 * Origin: The White Knight Cafe (1:109/409) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (104) Sat 15 Sep 90 8:03 By: Pine To: Thomas Frost Re: Metaphysics, Part 2 St: Pvt ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:824a 152f4073 All great fun for minds to play with. Of course, there is also the argument that Aristotle was a silly old fool. Don't forget,also, that many cultures besides the classic Greeks developed their own way of looking at reality. Western philosophy is not the only wisdom in the Universe, and Aristotle and his followers (our culture is influenced by Aristotle mostly via Aquinas) is not the only brand of metaphysics. New Age "Metaphysics", on the other hand, says "The answer to the philosopher's metaphysical questions is that Reality is a particular kind of universal Energy. If that is so, then we should be able to do various meditations, achieve various awarenesses, practice various skills with Spirit/Energy/Mind". This type of metaphysics is more like an applied spirituality than it is like the mind games of philosophers. The New Age use of the label "metaphysics" comes from the "Spiritualism" of the early 1900s. During the 1920s or so, two groups of people wanted to break away from classical Spiritualism. The psychologists said "Hey, there's something juicy here. Let's not hang the label Spritualism on it. Let's call it parapsychology."The psychics said "Hey, there's something juicy here. Let's not hang the label Spritualism on it. Let's call it metaphysics." (See Mishlove, "The Roots of Consciousness", for this historical accident.See the Philosophy shelf of your nearby college library for more academic background reading.) So what's it matter? Is it useful to my life? To my spiritual or psychic work? IMHO, it may contribute to the fun you're having with your mind. Use it or punt it, as you like. --- msged 2.00 * Origin: The White Knight Cafe (1:109/409) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (109) Thu 20 Sep 90 17:35 By: The Bard To: All Re: God is alive:Magic is afoot! St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:6f65 15348c65 GOD IS ALIVE, MAGIC IS AFOOT -Leonard Cohen (c) 1966 God is alive.....Magic is afoot...God is alive....magic is afoot... God is afoot.....Magic is alive...Alive is afoot..magic never died! God never sickened. Many poor men lied. Magic never weakened. Magic never hid. Magic always ruled. God is afoot. God never died! God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened, magic never fled. Though his shrouds were hoisted the naked God did live; Though his words were twisted the naked magic thrived; Though his death was published round and round the world The heart did not believe. Many hurt men wondered. Many struck men bled. Magic never faltered. Magic always led. Many stones were rolled But God would not lie down! Many wild men lied. Many fat men listened. Though they offered stones, magic was still fed! Though they locked their coffers God was always served. Magic is afoot....God is alive.... Alive is afoot....Alive is in command. Many weak men hungered. Many strong men thrived. Though they boasted solitude, God was at their side. Nor the dreamer in his cell, Nor the captain on the hill: Magic is alive! Though his death was pardoned 'round and 'round the world the heart would not believe! Though laws were carved in marble they could not shelter men; Though altars built in Parliaments, they could not order men; Police arrested magic and magic went with them, for magic loves the hungry.... But magic would not tarry, it moves from arm to arm, It would not stay with them; it cannot come to harm: magic is afoot! It cannot come to harm. It rests in an empty palm. It spawns in an empty mind. But magic is no instrument: magic is the End! Many men drove magic, but magic stayed behind; Many strong men lied. They only passed thru magic and out the other side! Many weak men lied. They came to God in secret and though they left him nourished, would not tell who healed; Though mountains danced before them they said that God was dead! Though his shrouds were hoisted, the naked God did live! God is alive! Magic is afoot! Magic is afoot! This I mean to whisper to my mind: This I mean to laugh with in my mind: This I mean my mind to serve 'til service is but magic, moving thru the world and mind itself is magic, coursing thru the flesh and flesh itself is magic, dancing on a clock, and Time itself, the magic length of God! * --- * Origin: (Opus 1:114/29) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (276) Fri 28 Sep 90 6:07 By: Amergin O'Kai To: All Re: A Drop of Moment St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0048 153c30f3 When I said you were leaving friend, You laughed, 'til you said good-bye. Realizing, with a sigh, That we'ld never meet again. --- Opus-CBCS 1.13 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (277) Fri 28 Sep 90 6:10 By: Amergin O'Kai To: All Re: In a Sea of Time St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:0048 153c3148 For we are always met. While I sing in the Matrix All my selves are one, Solo and chorus, As future precedes past In a confusing back-wash of ever-lasting present Which I conduct, perform, Produced by the Mother, Playing tonight and every night only: The Prince of Light and Darkness, Hereditary Keeper of Spiral Castle; Will laugh you a song to maake you weep, Cry a tune for your pleasure and joy. I know the rhull of the game of dance (Did I write it?) The Kingdom of World Is mine to die In, reborn in its seas. (Can I fight it? Death I mean, Fool) That I am Lover and Poet All in one Taliesin you son of my loins, Father of Chaos And off-spring am I. Singer of madness in sanity's eye. Sweet Mother please hear me sing while I die. --- Opus-CBCS 1.13 * Origin: Dragonfriend's Place (1:104/11.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1323) Tue 16 Oct 90 20:35 By: Bill Moore To: All Re: crystal ball St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:199c a4601550 @PID: RA 0.04 A friend and I were in a discussion tonight, the subject of which was the crystal ball that was found in an underwater pyramid some time ago, the crystal substrate was studied by scientists and they made a very interesting discovery. Namely that the substrate was circular in nature rather than the type of crystal found in the wild here, namely a horizontal/vertical orientation. The decision was that this crystal could never have formed in a gravity well such as earth . the question myGt friend and I were wondering about was: " HAVE THERE BEEN ANY DISAPPEARANCES IN THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE SINCE IT WAS FOUND AND BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE." I could not remember any nor could my friend, seems as tho they have stopped. any one know anything better.? bill --- * Origin: (1:128/50) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1621) Sat 20 Oct 90 21:51 By: Paul Seymour To: All Re: Masonic $ (Part 1) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ THE "MASONIC" DOLLAR BILL INTRO NOTE: The Great Seal of the United States can be easily viewed on the back of a one-dollar bill. Although the colors mentioned in this article won't be visible, it is still an easily obtained reference point for your convenience. The OBVERSE is on the right side (the eagle), while the REVERSE is on the left side (the pyramid) of the instrument. ################### Man is an enigmatic creature having a dual nature, temporal and spiritual. His institutions reflect the multiple facets of his complex and varied mental processes. He is at once occupied with the routine of satisfying the basic human needs for food, clothing, and shelter and the less tangible and more varied spiritual and social needs. His viewpoints are as varied as the individuals, subject not only to the external changes of environment but to self- created internal changes. Man alone has within himself any considerable power of thought or imagination. One facet of man's behavior to come out of his imagination, superstition, spiritual groping, and reasoning is symbolism. Signs, pictures, objects, emblems, words, numerals, music, or any means of conveying ideas from one individual to another become the vehicle of symbolism or symbols. Certain of man's activities lend themselves more readily to symbolism than others. The ritual of Freemasonry is especially rich in symbols - familiar things that convey a hidden meaning to the initiated. Philosophic Masonry is the heir to the symbolism practiced in the ancient mysteries, the Hebrew Cabal, and medieval Rosicrucian societies. In this present age, where material things engross almost every waking hour, symbolism has lost much of its fascination, but this was not so in the eighteenth century when the [American] revolutionary heroes pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the erection of the new nation. As the crisis moved toward its climax the ideals for which they fought began to assume symbolic form. Late in the afternoon of July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress "resolved, that Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson be a committee to prepare a device for a Seal of the United States of America." On August 20 the committee reported its design to Congress; but the report was tabled, and for three years and a half no further action was taken. On March 25, 1780, the report of the first committee was referred to a new committee consisting of James Lovell, John Morin Scott, and William Churchill Houston. This committee received artistic assistance from Francis Hopkinson. A new design was reported on May 10 (or 11), 1780, but debate was followed by recommital to the committee with no further progress for two more years. In the spring of 1782, a third committee, composed of Arthur Middleton, John Rutledge, and Elias Boudinot with the assistance of William Barton, A.M., reported a third design for a seal to congress which was also found not satisfactory. On June 13, 1782, Congress referred all of the committee reports to Charles Thomason, Secretary of Congress. Thomason prepared a design from these reports and submitted it to Barton who suggested a few changes on June 19, 1782. Thomason immediately wrote his report to Congress and submitted it on June 20, 1782; the report was accepted the same day and thus the design of the great seal was fixed. It is described as follows: ARMS: Paleways of thirteen pieces, argent and gules; a chief, azure; the escutcheon on the breast of the American eagle displayed proper, holding in his dexter talon an olive branch, and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows, all proper, and in his beak a scroll, inscribed with the motto, "E PLURIBUS UNUM." For the CREST: Over the head of the eagle, which appears above the escutcheon, a glory, or, breaking through a cloud, proper, and surrounding thirteen stars, forming a constellation, argent, on an azure field. REVERSE: A pyramid unfinished. In the zenith, an eye in a triangle, surrounded with a glory proper. Over the eye these words, "ANNUIT COEPTIS." On the base of the pyramid the numerical letters MDCCLXXVI. And underneath the following motto, "NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM." --- TPBoard 6.4 * Origin: Vote the Incumbents out of office. HST 505-437-8267 (1:308/60) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1622) Sat 20 Oct 90 21:48 By: Paul Seymour To: All Re: Masonic $ (Part 2) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Among those who helped design the Great Seal of the United States the following are known to have been Masons: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, William Churchill Houston, and William Barton. Whether they drew heavily upon Freemasonry in this work it is impossible to assert but when an informed Mason examines the Great Seal here is what he sees: On the obverse is an eagle whose dexter wing has thirty- two feathers, the number of ordinary degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry. The sinister wing has thirty-three feathers, the additional feather corresponding to the Thirty-Third Degree of the same Rite conferred for outstanding Masonic service. The tail feathers number nine, the number of degrees in the Chapter, Council, and Commandery of the York Rite of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite Masonry had its origin in France; the York Rite is sometimes called the American Rite; the eagle thus clothed represents the union of French and American Masons in the struggle for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. The total number of feathers in the two wings is sixty-five which, by gematria, is the value of the Hebrew phrase YAM YAWCHOD (together in unity). This phrase appears in Psalm 133 as follows: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity," and is used in the ritual of the first degree of Freemasonry. The glory above the eagle's head is divided into twenty-four equal parts and reminds the observer of the Mason's gauge which is also divided into twenty-four equal parts and is emblematic of the service he is obligated to perform. The five pointed stars remind him of the Masonic Blazing Star and the five points of fellowship. The arrangement of the stars in the constellation to form overlapping equilateral triangles and the Star of David calls to the Mason's mind King David's dream of building a Temple, to his God, the Companions who rebuilt a desecrated Temple, and the finding of the Word that was lost. The gold, silver, and azure colors represent the sun, moon, and Worshipful Master, the first that rules the day, the second, the night, and the third, the lodge. While silver, connected with the letter Gimel or G and being surrounded on an azure ground by a golden glory, reminds the Mason of the letter G, a most conspicuous furnishing of a proper lodge room. The shield on the eagle's breast affirms by its colors, valor (red), purity (white), and justice (blue), and reminds the Mason of the cardinal virtues. The value of these colors, by gematria, is 103, the value of the phrase EHBEN HA-ADAM (the stone of Adam) and suggests the perfect ashlar, or squared stone, of Freemasonry. One hundred and three is also the value of the noun BONAIM, a Rabbinical word signifying "builders, Masons." Thus the national colors spell out, by gematria, the name of the fraternity. The scroll in the eagle's beak, bearing the words E PLURIBUS UNUM (of many one) reminds him also of the unity which has made brothers of many. On the reverse, is the All Seeing Eye within a triangle surrounded by a golden glory. Besides the obvious Masonic significance of this design, it has a cabalistic value of seventy plus three plus two hundred, equaling two hundred and seventy-three which is the value of the phrase EHBEN MOSU HABONIM (the stone which the builders refused) familiar to all Royal Arch Masons. It is also the value of the Hebrew proper noun HIRAM ABIFF, the architect of Solomon's Temple and the principal character of the legend used in the Master Mason degree. The triangle is isosceles, formed by two right triangles having sides of five, twelve, and thirteen units in length, illustrating the 47th Problem of Euclid. The triangle also represents the capstone of the unfinished pyramid and reminds the Mason of the immortality of the soul and that in eternity he will complete the capstone of his earthly labors according to the designs on the trestle-board of the Supreme Architect of the Universe. The unfinished pyramid cannot fail to remind him of the unfinished condition of the Temple when tragedy struck down its Master architect. The blaze of glory found on either side of the Great Seal cannot fail to remind the Mason of the Great Light in Masonry which is the rule and guide to faith and practice and without which no Masonic lodge can exist. It reminds him that only more light can dispel the pall of ignorance in which he stumbles until he enters the Celestial Lodge where all light is given. --- TPBoard 6.4 * Origin: Vote the Incumbents out of office. HST 505-437-8267 (1:308/60) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1623) Fri 19 Oct 90 2:50 By: Farrell McGovern To: All Re: Channelling for Fun and Prophet St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:2f42 1553164d@ MSGID: 1:163/128 271eb042 Title: Channeling for Fun and Prophet By: Farrell J. McGovern Started: 9007.25 Channelling is one of the more popular parts of what is call the "New Age". It is also one of the most controversial aspects of this movement. To properly channel someone, be it Marylin Monroe, Aliester Crowley (I have been told this doesn't work well...) or Devine, one must know something of this person. The easiest way is by reading about this person. Autobiographies are the best, of course, but biographies, news reports, or even old photos are almost as good. You need some connection... In Pagandom, and Wicca, popular beings for channelling are various aspects of the God and the Goddess. Again, one must know as much as possible about the Lady or Lord that you are going to bring into yourself for the enjoyment, edification and education of the others in the Circle with you. The most popular source of information on Gods and Goddesses is again in books. Since there are many aspects of deities, there is a great deal of literature about these beings. Most of this literature that is over a couple of hundred of years old is usually in the form of Fables or Epics, which have more literary content than reality. One could easily call these works Docu-dramas, but they are still fiction. "But..." I hear you ask, "How can they channel these beings if all they know about them is fictional?" Well, there seems to be enough consensus on certain deities, but not on all. But these rituals work, as anyone who has attended the beautiful "Drawing Down the Moon" ritual of Wicca. So it seems to me that the idea of a "consensual reality" is created from the energies that all these people put into their concept of whatever God or Goddess they believe in. There are hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people who believe in Cerwdwin, Eris, Hecate, Cherenous, and others. But...are there not also millions of people who believe in Captain James T. Kirk? Arthur Dent? Catwoman? Batman? Smurfs?.....or even Peewee Herman? Imagine some Circle performing the Drawing Down The Moon ceremony, and due to a lack of concentration by the priestess, she channels, not Athena, but Marry Tyler-Moore?!?!?!? Or the priest channeling PeeWee Herman?!?!?! We shall leave the further exploration of this to some experiemental coven...but please! If you manage to channel Papa Smurf....we DON'T want to hear about it! ****************************** Thought some might find this amusing! ttyl --- Maximus-CBCS v1.02 * Origin: Pandora's Box (1:163/128) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1889) Thu 25 Oct 90 6:38 By: Thomas Frost To: All Re: S.J. Mercury News article, Oct. 20 1990 (1 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:488c 155934d1 (brought to my attention by Eric Marsh) From: emarsh@hernes-sun.Eng.Sun.COM Organization: Sun Microsystems, Mt. View, Ca. Message-ID: <144057@sun.Eng.Sun.COM> Newsgroups: alt.pagan The Witching Hour By Joan Connell Mercury News Religion & Ethics Editor San Jose Mercury News - Sat. Oct. 20 1990 ********************************************** As Halloween approaches, fundamentalists march to the Bay Area to begin a crusade against the devil and thousands of pagans and goddess worshippers prepare for the onslaught ********************************************* A peaceful prayer crusade? Or just another witch hunt? The term "holy war" will take on a whoe new meaning in San Francisco on Halloween, as Pentecostal Christans and goddess-worshipping pagans square off to prove who's holier than thou. Texas telvangelist Larry Lea is mustering 10,000 Christian soldiers in San Francisco's Civic Auditorium Halloween night, to do battle with the forces of Satan. And memberso fhte normally low-key pagan community in the Bay Area - practitioners of Wicca, nature religions and New Age spiritualism - have launched a counter offensive, claiming Lea's spritual warfare interferes with their constitutional right to practive their religion. Lea, a protege of Oral Roberts and former pastor of the Church of the Rock in Dallas, has made a name for himself among Pentecostal and chrismatic Chrstians for a tendency to preach in Army fatigues and hand out "prayer army dog tags" to his followers. He is a proponent of "spiritual warfare" - using prawer to exorcise demons. Last month with the backing of 500 pastors of Bay Area churches, Lea announced a three-day San Francisco crusade to "reverse the curse" of Halloween and march through the city to convert those they consider possessed by Satan: drug addicts, gay people, the secually promiscuous, believers in New Age religionists and Wiccans, those spell-casting, goddess-worshipping filks commonly called witches. "These are not just kids having fun," Lea said at the time. "Thereis actual worship of the devil." Janet Christian, spokeswoman for the Bay Area Pagan Assemblies, anorganization of Wiccans and nature-worshippers in the South Bay, is outraged. "We're goddess worshippers: Witches don't have anything to do withSatan. Who do these people think they are?" asks Christian, who's group is sponsoring a Witches' Ball at the Palo Alto Hyatt tonight, an open-to-all costume party designed to build bridges of understanding between the practitioners of Wicca and the community at large. "What if we brought some big-name witch to town on Christmas day to do a ritual outside their churches? We's never do that to them," Christian says. "Why are they doing this to us?" [cont.] --- msged 2.05 * Origin: The White Knight Cafe (1:109/409) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1890) Thu 25 Oct 90 6:38 By: Thomas Frost To: All Re: S.J. Mercury News article (2 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:488c 155934d8 [cont.] The Witching Hour By Joan Connell Mercury News Religion & Ethics Editor San Jose Mercury News - Sat. Oct. 20 1990 Planning for trouble Christian's group has taken defensive action in the pending holy war, hiring security police to keep out any Bible-wielding Christian soldiers. But other pagan groups are on the offensive, planning counterdemonstrations outside the Civic Auditorium and threatening guerrilla actions to disrupt Lea's crusade. "Larry Lea's going to find out that there are more of us than he can handle," ways Eric Pryor, high priest of the New Earth Temple, a San Francisco group of Wiccans and other pagans. Pryor is marshalling a show of spiritual force at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Civic Center Park, calling together New Age religionists, Hindus, Buddhists, humanists and other non-mainstream faiths to form a prayer circle to counteract the Lea crusade. Pryor, who says he has repeatedly challenged Lea to public debate but never received an answer, has called off the annual Hallow Mass ritual at his temple Halloween night to attend Lea's crusade in disguise, disrupt the service and force a confrontation. "We're not a bunch of uneducated dingbats running around in robes waving wands," Pryor says. "We're intellegent, purposeful people who have chosen a particular spiritual path. We have a right in this country to practice any religion we choose." No reliable statistics exist on the number of practicing pagans in the Bay Area, but estimates range from30,000 to 50,000. Lea, who arrived in San Francisco Wednesday to prepare for the crusade says he was surprised by the intensity of the pagan backlash, which has not been evident in similar campains in Anaheim, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia. Entreaties from several religious denominations to avoid confrontation - including the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco - convinced Lea to cancel plans for his spiritual warriors to march through the cith on Halloween night. Instead, Lea says, they will keep a low profile inside the Civic Auditorium. The right to disagree "I love people. I love all people. I think we have been misinterpreted; we don't want to be seen as confrontational," Lea says. "Every person has the right to believe what they want to believe. But I have the freedom to stand up and say they're wrong. To me, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who have found Christ and those who haven't found him yet." The Rev. Dick Bernall, pastor of Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose is disappointed that the prayer warriors will not be a visible presence on the streets of San Francisco. Many of Jubilee's 5,000 congregants are expected to take part in the Lea crusade. Bernal's not a complete spoilsport about Halloween: Jubilee kids might not go trick-or-treating, but they do get to dress up as Bible characters for a party at church. [cont.] --- msged 2.05 * Origin: The White Knight Cafe (1:109/409) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1891) Thu 25 Oct 90 6:39 By: Thomas Frost To: All Re: S.J. Mercury News article (3 of 3) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:488c 155934e1 The Witching Hour By Joan Connell Mercury News Religion & Ethics Editor San Jose Mercury News - Sat. Oct. 20 1990 The right to disagree [cont.] "Larry and I are beginning to look like a couple of wackos," says Bernal. "The misconception is that we're a bunch of narrow-minded goody-two-shoes. San Francisco's a city where everybody has parades; I wanted our people to be a presence, too. We weren't going to call down fire on anybody; it was not going to be a confrontation, just a little show of force. "But the war on Satan will go on - inside the auditorium. There won't be any pussy-footing around," Bernal promises. "There'll be singing, preaching and speaking in tongues. It'll be wall-to-wall spiritual warfare." Bernal, a former ironworker and self-described hell-raiser who says he was born-again a dozen years ago, has gained some fame himself as a televangelist and spiritual warrior. After the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Bernal traveled to Beijing and in a much-publicized ceremony, annointed the stones of the square with oil to drive the devil out. He also has prayed to cast the devil out of several sites in the South Bay, including the San Jose Mercury News. Bernal says he respects the rights of Wiccans to worship as they please. "They're sweet, sincere people, who are operating out of ignorance, not malice." Bernal says. "I don't condemn these poor people; I want to convert them. I was a dope-smoking, LSD taking hippie myself once. Some of our greatest pastors today are old, burned-out hippies." To Eric Marsh, a 36-year old software engineer from Fremont who is a practicing witch, Bernal's attidue demonstrates the stereotypes that are inflicted upon Wiccans. "Fifty percent of big-city witches are involved in high-tech; 90 percent are computer literate. That's because people in high technology puersuits have innovative and inquiring minds," says Marsh, who established a computer bulletin-board network for Wiccans who use thetechnology to keep abreast of a variety of spiritual, philosophical and environmental issues. What bothers Eric Pryor of San Francisco's New Earth Temple is theautomatic linkage of Satan and Wicca. "Satan is the best friend the church has ever had. Satan's the bogyman who has kept them all in business," Pryor says. He adds that the members of his temple, who follow a Welsh tradition of Wicca and have been very private about their beliefs in the past, are starting to be morepublic. "People can come in here anytime and see we don't sacrifice babies, we don't worship Satan and we're not lunatics," Pryor says. "And theonly good thing about this kind of campaign (that Lea is waging) is that it makes us open up more and be more accessible." Carl Raschke, a sociologist at the University of Denver and a specialist on Satanism in America, regards the pending Christian-Pagan holy war with a certain amount of amusement. "This sounds like the gunfight at the metaphysical OK Corral," Raschke says. "There are Satanists out there: criminal Satanists, who do violent things in the name of the devil. There are religious Satanists, who dress up in black robes and do strange and essentially harmless things. And that's part of the whole, exotic religious flora and fauna that is unique to the Bay Area. "Doing spiritual battle with Satan is an established tradition going back to Jesus himself," Raschke says, adding that most spiritual warfare is done quietly, through the power of prayer and laying on of hands. "But in the age of TV, there's an impulse to make religion into a public spectacle. And the whole thing strikes me as supreme street theater. We haven't had a good, crazy religious spectacle since the harmonic convergence," Raschke says. "And now, on the streets of San Francisco on Halloween night, you'll have neo-pagans doing ceremonial magic vs. Pentecostal Christians praying up a storm. This is probably better than skinheads bashing Geraldo with a chair." --- msged 2.05 * Origin: The White Knight Cafe (1:109/409) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1892) Thu 25 Oct 90 6:41 By: Chuck Haynes To: All Re: Thanks St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @MSGID: 1:308/60 ac86b180 * Forwarded from "Aids Support" * Originally from The "Bird" * Originally dated 23 Oct 90 15:11:00 I would like to share and somehow show my thanks for all of the Pwa's, advocates, doctors, nurses, health workers, researchers, teachers and everyone else who cares, my favorite poem written by James Henry Leigh Hunt 1784-1859: ABOU BEN ADHEM Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lilly in bloom, An Angel writing in a book of gold; Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the Presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The Vision raised his head, And with a look made of all sweet accord Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so," Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one that loves his fellow-men." The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed, And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest! --- FD 2.00 * Origin: Casa De La Luz-PODS HUB-Alamogordo,NM(505) 437-8267*HST*14.4 (1:308/60) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2047) Fri 26 Oct 90 21:37 By: Joe Bethancourt To: All (forwarded As Interesting) Re: something wiccam this way comes ... St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:1cc0 155aaca3 * Original: FROM.....Sam Bassett RCS (114/15) * Original: TO.......All (114/29) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 114/29 @EID:b747 155aaca3@ MSGID: 1:114/15 27291942@ UFGATE newsin 1.27 From: samlb@pioneer.arc.nasa.gov (Sam Bassett RCS) Date: 26 Oct 90 04:52:36 GMT Organization: Old, used cleric Message-ID: <1990Oct26.045236.7643@riacs.edu> Newsgroups: rec.org.sca _ALL_ of the "wiccan" and "pagan" practices and artifacts that you see at Society events are products of the 20th Century -- most are products of the last half of the 20th Century (i.e. since 1950). All of the explicitly "witchy" groups trace their ancestry to Gerald Gardiner and his circle, who did not publish anything until after the witchcraft laws in England were repealed in 1950. Gardiner's sources were mainly books, with some input from members of the circles which grew up around the Golden Dawn magical society around the turn of the century and later. _NONE_ of it can be shown to be part of any tradition earlier than the Golden Dawn, except for explicit borrowings from known sources. All of the Books of Shadows (liturgical/thealogical manuals) show clear evidence of descent from the originals written by Doreen Valiente of Gardner's circle in the 50s. This is not to say that "Wicca", as practiced by some few thousand modern pagans is not a valid religion -- it is, as I have seen and felt -- but it is distinctly POST-Christian, and not pre-christian. Your observation that it contains a lot of "new age" ideas and images is dead-on. It is practiced by distinctly new age people. As to paganism in period, "paganes" in Latin means, quite literally, "hicks" -- those rude persons in the hinterlands who have not heard and adopted the latest of fashions from the capital. Official paganism was proscribed by the Roman Empire in the late 300s or early 400s, and Europe was officially Christian from at least 1000 on. Pagan festivals survived in England until the Protestant revolution of the 1600s, when the peasantry was converted to Protestant Christianity. The last purely pagan "kingdom" or "country" was probably Pruthenia (Prussia), destroyed by the Teutonic Knights in the 1200s. The Germanic, Norse and Magyar (Hungarian) peoples were Christianized by Roman and Irish missionaries from 500 onwards, and the Slavic tribes by the Orthodox spreading North from Constantinople -- if the Teutonic Knights had not converted the Prussians when they did, monks form Novgorod would have gotten them a couple of generations later. As Joseph Campbell has observed, new religions tend to cast the dieties of the old into the position of demons -- Great Pan becomes the figure of Satan, for instance. There were Norse Pagan survivals in Normandy up to the time of the Conquest -- an extant poem about the battle by a Norman poet pokes much fun at a certain knight for crying "Tur me ai!" (Thor help me) at Hastings, rather than the more usual "Jesu" or "Dieu". One source I saw (but have forgotten the name of) said that there was an active pagan temple where the priests spoke a Danish dialect in the vicinity of Caen up to the time of the Conquerer. William Rufus was out-and-out non-Christian (and bitterly hated by the monks) -- he died in 1189, if I remember correctly, the last pagan king of England. After that time, any active paganism among the nobility or the merchant class would have been looked on as satanism and diabolism -- the Church and Christianity (as then defined) were looked on as the only defense of order and stability in an intrinsically evil and chaotic world. Interestingly, witch-hunting on a large scale was a product of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation -- rather late in our period. The prosecution of Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais seems to have been as much a product of Anglo-French politics as a matter of religious persecution. The English burned her for being uppity, basically, and the French him for "superbia" -- haughtiness above and beyond the call of duty. Other instances that I have read of were sporadic, and usually involved someone denouncing a rival in business/love to a psychotic Inquisitor (something we have seen in our own day, all too frequently). Katherine can thus throw wicked barbs at Muslim infidels and sneer at hick superstitions with perfect period impunity. :-) Sam'l Bassett, Sterling Software @ NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA 94035 Work: (415) 604-4792; Home: (415) 969-2644 samlb@well.sf.ca.us samlb@ames.arc.nasa.gov := 'Sterling doesn't _have_ opinions -- much less NASA!' --- QM v1.23/b * Origin: St Joseph's Medical Center Phoenix (602) 235-9653 (1:114/15.0) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2093) Fri 6 Oct 89 0:55 By: Tuppence To: Tuppence Re: Divination (2of2) St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:e25f 6fb1346 TAROT DIVINATION by: Tuppence (Part 2) Other methods which may suit: a) Astrology b) Numerology c) I Ching d) Pendulum e) Runes f) etc. As humankind evolves spiritually (and in other ways) so too the Tarot evolves. Take for example the reconstruction of The Chariot (Arcanum VII) and The Devil (Arcanum XV) cards by Levi. He gave them a new presentation based upon his advanced knowledge at the time. Also, note how The Lovers (Arcanum VI) has changed from earlier decks. It still has the same basic meaning, but the symbols have changed. No longer are there two women...one good one bad...with the man in between...now it is two people with an Angel above them. New Tarot decks continue to be made as our knowledge and understanding evolves. A note on The Book of Thoth, Aleister Crowley's Tarot deck, is as seen by him from the Astral Plane. This is why it is so different from many decks; why it is so striking; and, why the energy felt has such strong effects upon many people. Some cards come and go....there are more cards on the astral plane than we have on the physical....between the cards, above and below the cards are others...as with the Qabala. When working with the Tarot if one is in a Magickal State (Asana, etc.) and reads the cards it is a Magickal or Divine (hence the term divination) operation. I take the forces into myself when using the cards thus they affect me and I them. Because of this knowledge, I respect the Tarot as a Living Thing/Force and I do not bother it with profane questions. I treat it as a Magickal Weapon and thus with care and respect. Fortunetelling, while not wrong, is the profane use of the cards. Contemplation of the cards is useful; without Divination, however, one could not experience the forces within them in the same way. Also, there are hidden uses for the Tarot. The Tarot is indeed a Teacher. It is also a door, a gateway, an entryway into other realms which is partly how it was used in Egyptian Initiation Rites. We may use it in some of the ways listed below: 1) Skrying/meditation 2) Ritual (invocation and evocation) 3) Works/spells 4) Talisman use/focus 5) Divination Some of the goals of initiates (after perfecting divination and the Tarot's philosophy) are 1) to read with a blank deck and to use a spread with no set meanings, and 2) to develop one's own Astral Deck. Magick (in Theory and Practice), Crowley's famous book, calls Divination an important branch of Magick, and defines it thusly: 1. "We postulate the existence of intelligences, either within or without the diviner, of which he is not immediately conscious. (It does not matter to the theory whether the communicating spirit so-called is an objective entity or a concealed portion of the diviner's mind.) We assume that such intelligences are able to reply correctly - within limits- to the questions asked." 2. "We postulate that it is possible to construct a compendium of heiroglyphs sufficiently elastic in meaning to include every possible idea, and that one or more of these may always be taken to represent any idea. We assume that any of these heiro glyphs will be understood by the intelligences with whom we wish to communicate in the same sense as it is by ourselves. We have therefore a sort of language...." 3. "We postulate that the intelligences whom we wish to consult are willing, or may be compelled, to answer us truthfully." He goes on to discuss divination as shown in some of the quotes below: "In a system of divination each symbol stands for a definite idea." "As regards the Holy Qabalah, based as it is on pure number, (it) evidently possesses an infinite number of symbols. Its scope is conterminous with existence itself; and it lacks nothing in precision, purity, or indeed any other perfection. But it cannot be taught, each man must select for himself the materials for the main structure of his system." "It is always essential for the diviner to obtain absolute magical control over the intelligences of the system which he adopts." "Experience is the only teacher. One acquires what one may almost call a new sense. One feels in one's self whether one is right or not. The diviner must develop this sense." "In order to divine without error, one ought to be a Master of the Temple. The faintest breath of personal preference will deflect the needle from the pole of truth in the answer." "One must prepare oneself by general purification and consecration devised with the object of detaching oneself from one's personality and increasing the sensitiveness of one's faculties." "The muscles with which he manipulates the apparatus of divination must be entirely independent of any volition of his. He must lend them for the moment to the intelligence whom he is consulting." (note: one of the first steps in divination is the invoking of the Angel HRU) "He must have succeeded in destroying the tendency of the ego to interfere with the object of thought. He must be able to conceive of a thing out of all relation with anything else." "He should allow the question entire freedom to make for itself its own proper links with the intelligence directing the answer." "He must sink his personality in that of the intelligence hearing the question propunded by a stranger to whom he is indifferent, but whom it is his business to serve faithfully." "He should exhaust the intellectual sources of information at his disposal, and form from them his judgement. But having done this, he should detach his mind from what it has just formulated, and proceed to concentrate it on the figure as a whole, almost as if it were the object of his meditation." "The concluding operation is therefore to obtain a judgment of the figure, independent of all intellectual or moral restraint. One must endeavour to apprehend it as a thing absolute in itself." "Divination is in one sense an art entirely separate from that of Magick; yet it interpenetrates Magick at every point. The fundamental laws of both are indentical. The right use of divination has already been explained: but it must be added that proficiency therein, tremendous as is its importance in furnishing the Magician with the information necessary to his strategical and tactical plans, in no wise enables him to accomplish the impossible. It is not within the scope of divination to predict the future with the certainty of an astronomer in calculating the return of a comet. There is always much virtue in divination." "One must not assume that the oracle is omniscient." "The Magician ought therefore to make himself master of several methods of divination; using one or the other as the purpose of the moment dictates. He should make a point of organizing a staff of such spirits to suit various occasions. These should be 'familiar' spirits, in the strict sense; members of his family." "Divination of any kind is improper in matters directly concerning the Great Work itself. In the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel, the adept is possessed of all he can possibly need. To consult any other is to insult one's Angel." "Although the adept is in daily communication with his Angel, he ought to be careful to consult Him only on questions proper to the dignity of the relation. One should not consult one's Angel on too many details, or indeed on any matters which come within the office of one's familiar spirits. One does not go to the King about petty personal trifles. The romance and rapture of the ineffable union which constitutes Adeptship must not be profaned by the introduction of commonplace cares." Thus we may use Divination for those worthy questions which we need answered but cannot find out in any other way...either through our own research or by the contacting of one's Holy Guardian Angel. If we can attain the necessary magickal states discussed above and if we complete the necessary study and work which he suggests, we can become masters of Tarot Divination. Bibliography Crowley, A., The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot), Weiser, 1974 Crowley, A., Magick, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., 1973 Crowley, A., Magick without Tears, Llewellyn Publications, 1973 Douglas, A., The Tarot, Penguin Books, 1973 Mathers, M., The Tarot, Weiser (no date given) --- TBBS v2.1/NM * Origin: Modem Magick.... Was that a middle pillar joke? (202/311) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2094) Fri 13 Oct 89 10:57 By: James Crowley To: All Re: Positive Wicca Police info. St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:a45c 134d572a  A SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY OPINIONS of LAW ENFORCEMENT & RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP IN AMERICA on OCCULT INFLUENCED CRIMES PRESENTED BY CASSANDRA-NEW (818) 899-3687 (300/1200/2400 BAUD, 8N1, DATA ONLY) An electronic news service of UNITED WICCAN CHURCH PO Box 16025 North Hollywood California, 91625-6025 United Wiccan Church has prepared this report to further the understanding of the press, law enforcement officers, religious leaders and the general public as to what the Wiccan religion is, where it has been, where it is going, who it is and when it is, as well as in the hopes of clarifying some of the misunderstanding about our Religion. This report is available free of charge to accredited authors, the media, teachers, police officers and other public officials who write to the United Wiccan Church on their letterhead and request a copy. Members of the Cassandra-Net, pagan publications and other Wiccan and/or pagan networks or organizations will also receive copies under the normal network and pagan press exchange agreements. Wiccans, pagans and members of the public may receive personal copies of this ,200 page report, for a fee of $20.00. This fee is charged in the spirit of the Wiccan "Law of Three" in that the $20.00 fee will not only pay for the copy you read but also two others that will be sent to members of the press or law enforcement of the purchaser's choice presuming we have not already sent to them. This report is copyrighted 1988 and 1989 by United Wiccan Church a 501(c)(3) California non-profit, tax-exempt religious corporation. License is granted for Non-Commercial reproduction and distribution as long as no fee is charged for these reproductions other than the cost of reproduction and printing. The name and address of the United Wiccan Church and this notice must be preserved on all copies. To facilitate copying and distribution, copies of this report will be made available on plain white paper without binding, under the terms and conditions stated above. TABLE OF CONTENTS A NEW CLASS OUTLINE OCCULT INFLUENCED CRIMES by United Wiccan Church SATANIC, OCCULT RITUALISTIC CRIME: A LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE by Supervisory Special Agent Kennith V. Lanning, FBI Academy SATANIC CULTS: A SKEPTICAL VIEW OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT APPROACH by Robert Hicks, Criminal Justice Analyst, Law Enforcement Section Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Commonwealth of Virginia LAW ENFORCEMENT GUIDE TO WICCA by Kerr Cuhulain A Police Officer and A Wiccan THE COVENANT OF THE GODDESS - ANTI-DEFAMATION INFORMATION PACKET THE EVIDENCE OF SATAN IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA: A SURVEY Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director The Institute for the Study of American Religion QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT WITCHES by David Farren and the United Wiccan Church STATEMENTS ON SATANISM AND NEO-PAGANISM by: The Institute for the Study of American Religion School of Religion, University of Southern California Sandi Daly Gallant, San Francisco Police Dept. EXCERPTS FROM THE BY-LAWS OF UNITED WICCAN CHURCH BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS CONCERNING WICCA DEFINITIONS OF WICCAN TERMS ARTICLES CONCERNING THE OCCULT --- * Origin: Cassandra-News * 818-899-3687 * North Hollywood, CA (Opus 1:102/922) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2095) Fri 13 Oct 89 10:58 By: James Crowley To: All Re: Pagan AIDS Group formed St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:a45c 134d5740 T H E L I Z A R D R I N G of United Wiccan Church The Lizard Ring was conceived on Beltaine of 1989. It was brought to the attention of the board of directors of the United Wiccan Church that there was need of a pagan, life-affirming support group available to people who have HIV+, ARC or AIDS. The Lizard Ring is a non-sectarian pagan group which welcomes all people who have HIV+, ARC or AIDS, their family and friends, and any others who want to help. The group's objectives are to give support in maintaining good physical and mental health by the use of religious, magickal and herbal methods in addition to those of modern medicine. It also provides a safe and loving space for those who have the virus, as well as family and frends. It works toards assisting all in accomplishing a positive image of their personal future. The Lizard Ring is named for Rick Kunze, who was known to his family and friends in the Wiccan community as "The Lizard". Rick began his journey to Somerland in July of 1989, just as The Lizard Ring was forming. At Rick's memorial service, it was decided that the new support group would adopt Rick's nickname in tribute to him and to all the other pagans that had crossed over due to AIDS. The Lizard Ring meets every Sunday at 1:00 P.M. For additional information, contact Lady Artemis or Lord Ra. The Lizard Ring welcomes you and all the love and help you can give. United Wiccan Church PO Box 16025 North Hollywood, CA 91615-6025 (818) 899-3327 Cassandra-News (818) 899-3687 (1:102/922) --- * Origin: Cassandra-News * 818-899-3687 * North Hollywood, CA (Opus 1:102/922) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2096) Sun 12 Nov 89 11:34 By: Magenta Griffith To: All Interested Re: Bibliography of MAgick in Science Fiction St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:d7e0 136c5c4c Abbey, Lynn Daughter Of The Bright Moon The Guardians Anderson, Poul Operation Chaos Mermaid's Children Blish, James Black Easter Bradley, Marion Z. Darkover series, especially The Forbidden Tower Crowley, Aleister Diary of a Drug Fiend Moonchild DeCamp, L. Sprague & The Complete Enchanter Fletcher Pratt Wall of Serpents DeLint, Charles Moonheart Eddings, David Pawn of Prophecy Queen of Sorcery Magician's Gambit Castle of Wizardry Enchanter's Endgame Farrar, Stewart Omega Fortune, Dion Sea Priestess Moon Magic Winged Bull The Goat Foot God Garrett, Randall Too Many Magicians Murder and Magic Lord D'Arcy Investigates Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land Waldo & Magic Inc. Kurtz, Katherine Deryni Rising Deryni Checkmate High Deryni Lammas Night LeGuin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea Lovecraft, H. P. The Shadow out of Time At the Mountains of Madness The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward Miesel, Sandra Dreamrider Norton, Andre Witch World Series Paxton, Diana Brisingamen Sky, Kathleen Witchdame Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit Lord of the Rings Walton, Evangeline Island of the Mighty Song of Rhiannon Prince of Annwn The Children Of Lyr Wilson, Robert Anton & Illuminatus! Trilogy Robert Shea Zelazny, Roger Chronicles of Amber --- * Origin: The Terraboard, Minneapolis, MN (Opus 1:282/341) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2097) Fri 6 May 88 19:44 By: Hugh Read To: All Re: The Pentagram St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:01a6 10a69d92 I invoke Ancient Powers of The Star The Powers of Five The Spiral Powers The Powers of Earth I invoke the Ancient Powers of Life Star in the Circle In the Iron Circle Quaint, ancient symbol So ancient, primordial and timeless Dark symbol of life On planets bearing life Deep in DNA Deeply branded in the Heart of our Earth Touchstone of Wisdom Of Ancient Knowledge, NOW, Living in the stars I call out through the Circled Iron Star For my Star Power Out through the Galaxies Claiming Dark Powers --- ZMailO 1.10 - Delta I (Opus/FTS001) * Origin: Dragonfriend's Point(1:104/11.5) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2098) Sun 22 Jul 90 17:33 By: Russ Anderson To: all Re: this echo area St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:9cbd 14f68c20 Metaphysical is part of the Magicknet triad. It is for magazine quality posts only! Legitimate posts include articles, essays, ritual, stories, extended quotes from magickal authors where such quotes are legal, and poems. Topics run the gamut of the magickal and/or Pagan experience and may include both humor and fiction, but please try to make it reasonably obvious what is what. Replies to posts in this echo must go to either the Magicknet echo or the Mundane echo. Sysops are reminded that they are responsible for making sure that only magazine quality posts are presented in this echo. If your software allows, you are urged to disable replies and limit posting or even screen posts in this area. Amergin O'Kai and Russ Anderson are currently the acting moderators of the Magicknet triad. B*B Dragonfriend (Mr. Moderator) --- ZMailO 1.10 - Delta I (Opus/FTS001) * Origin: Dragonfriend's Point(1:104/11.5) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2099) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:33 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Grimorium Sanctissimum St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b055 13307c20 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Morgan (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 Grimorium Sanctissimum. Arcanum Arcanorum Quod Continet Nondum Revelandum ipsis Regibus supremis O.T.O. Grimorium Quod Baphomet X M... suo fecit. De Templo. 1. Oriente ............... Altare 2. Occidente ............. Tabula dei invocandi 3. Septentrione .......... Sacerdos 4. Meridione ............. Ignis cum thuribulo, x.t.l. 5. Centro ................ Lapis quadratus cum Imagine Dei Maximi Igentis Nefandi Ineffabilis Sanctissimi et cum ferro, tintinnabulo, oleo Virgo. Stet imago juxta librum EHMA. De ceremonio Principii. Fiat ut in Libro DCLXXI dicitur, sed antea virgo lavata sit cum verbis "Asperge me..." x.t.l., et habilimenta ponat cum verbis "Per sanctum Mysterium," x.t.l. Ita Pyramis fiat. Tunc virgo lavabit sacerdotem et vestimenta ponat ut supra ordinatur. (Hic dicat virgo orationes dei operis). De ceremonio Thuribuli. Manibus accedat et ignem et sacerdotem virgo, dicens: "Accendat in nobis Dominus ignem sui amoris et flamman aeternae caritatis. De ceremonio Dedicationis. Invocet virgo Imaginem Dei. M.I.N.I.S. his verbis. --- Tu qui es prater omnia...x.t.l." Nec relinquet alteram Imaginem. De Sacrificio Summo. Deinde silentium fragat sacerdos cum verbis versiculi sancti dei particularitur invocandi. Ineat ad Sanctum Sanctorum. Caveat; caveat, caveat. Duo qui fiunt UNUS sine intermissione verba versiculi sancti alta voce cantent. De Benedictione Benedicti. Missa rore, dicat mulier haec verba "Quia patris et filii s.s." x.t.l. De Ceremonio Finis Fiat ut in Libro DCLXXI dicitur. AUMGN. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2100) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:39 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber Resh vel Helios St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:91e9 133094e0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Apollonia (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER RESH vel HELIOS SUB FIGURA CC. 0. These are the adorations to be performed by aspirants to the A: A: 1. Let him greet the Sun at dawn, facing East, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice: Hail unto Thee who art Ra in Thy rising, even unto Thee who art Ra in Thy strength, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Uprising of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night! 2. Also at Noon, let him greet the Sun, facing South, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice: Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing, even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty, who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning! 3. Also, at Sunset, let him greet the Sun, facing West, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice: Hail unto Thee who art Tum in Thy setting, even unto Thee who art Tum in Thy joy, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Down-going of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day! 4. Lastly, at Midnight, let him greet the Sun, facing North, giving the sign of his grade, and let him say in a loud voice: Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding, even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence, who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun. Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm. Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening. 5. And after each of these invocations thou shalt give the sign of silence, and afterward thou shalt perform the adoration that is taught thee by thy Superior. And then do thou compose Thyself to holy meditation. 6. Also it is better if in these adorations thou assume the God-form of Whom thou adorest, as if thou didst unite with Him in the adoration of That which is beyond Him. 7. Thus shalt thou ever be mindful of the Great Work which thou hast undertaken to perform, and thus shalt thou be strengthened to pursue it unto the attainment of the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2101) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:34 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: The Star Ruby St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b218 13307c40 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Roger Rabbit (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER XXV THE STAR RUBY. Facing East, in the centre, draw deep deep deep thy breath closing thy mouth with thy right forefinger prest against thy lower lip. Then dashing down the hand with a great sweep back and out, expelling forcibly thy breath, cry AO ANTO KAKOAIMONO. With the same forefinger touch thy forehead, and say OI, thy member, and say AE {Note 1}, thy right shoulder, and say IXYPOS, thy left shoulder, and say EYXAPITO; then clasp thine hands, locking the fingers, and cry IA. Advance to the East. Imagine strongly a Pentagram, aright, in thy forehead. Drawing the hands to the eyes, fling it forth, making the sign of Horus and roar PION. Retire thine hand in the sign of Hoor-paar-Kraat. Go round to the North and repeat; but say NUIT. Go round to the West and repeat; but whisper BABALON. Go round to the South and repeat; but bellow HADIT. Completing the circle widdershins, retire to the centre and raise thy voice in the Paian, with these words I AN, with the signs of N.O.X. Extend the arms in the form of a Tau and say low but clear: PO MOY IYE OIX MOY TEETAPXAI EI EIA XYNOXE EAPITEPA AIMONO EEI AP EPI MOY O ATHR TN ENTE KAI EN THI THGHI ATHR TN E ETHKE. Repeat the Cross Qabalistic, as above, and end as thou didst begin. ---------------- 1. The secret sense of these words is to be sought in the numeration thereof. --------------------------------------------------------------------- --- IBM Extended ASCII Greek Letter Equivalences: A = Alpha = alpha = Gamma = beta  = Delta = gamma = Eta = delta = Theta = mu = Lambda l = lambda O = Omicron o = omicron = Phi = phi = Pi = sigma P = Rho r = rho = Sigma s = sigma = Xi x = xi Y = Upsilon u = upsilon = Omega w = omega --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2102) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:37 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: The Star Sapphire St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:dcd6 13307ca0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Nancy Brooks (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER XXXVI THE STAR SAPPHIRE. Let the Adept be armed with his Magick Rood [and provided with his mystic rose]. In the centre, let him give the L.V.X. signs; or if he know them, if he will and dare do them, and can keep silent about them, the signs of N.O.X. being the signs of Puer, Vir, Puella, Mulier. Omit the sign. I.R. Then let him advance to the East and make the Holy Hexagram, saying: Pater et Mater unus deus Ararita. Let him go round to the South, make the Holy Hexagram and say: Mater et Filius unus deus Ararita. Let him go round to the North, make the Holy Hexagram and then say: Filia et Pater unus deus Ararita. Let him then return to the Centre, and so to The Centre of All (making the Rosy Cross as he may know how) saying Ararita Ararita Ararita (In this the Signs shall be those of Set Triumphant and of Baphomet. Also shall Set appear in the Circle. Let him drink of the Sacrament and let him communicate the same.) Then let him say: Omnia in Duos: Duo in Unum: Unus in Nihil: Haec nec Quatuor nec Omnia nec Duo nec Unus nec Nihil Sunt. Gloria Patri et Matri et Filio et Filiae et Spiritui Sancto externo et Spiritui Sancto interno ut erat est erit in saecula Saeculorum sex in uno per nomen Septem in uno Ararita. Let him then repeat the signs of L.V.X. but not the signs of N.O.X.: for it is not he that shall arise in the Sign of Isis Rejoicing. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2103) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:38 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: The Mass of the Phoenix, Part 1 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:c586 13307cc0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Hymenaeus Alpha (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER XLIV THE MASS OF THE PHOENIX The Magician, his breast bare, stands before an altar on which are his Burin, Bell, Thurible, and two of the Cakes of Light. In the Sign of the Enterer he reaches West across the Altar, and cries: Hail Ra, that goest in thy bark Into the caverns of the Dark! He gives the sign of Silence, and takes the Bell, and Fire, in his hands. East of the Altar see me stand With light and musick in my hand! He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell 333 - 55555 - 333 and places the Fire in the Thurible. I strike the Bell: I light the Flame; I utter the mysterious Name. ABRAHADABRA He strikes eleven times upon the Bell. Now I begin to pray: Thou Child, Holy Thy name and undefiled! Thy reign is come; Thy will is done. Here is the Bread; here is the Blood. Bring me through midnight to the Sun! Save me from Evil and from Good! That Thy one crown of all the Ten Even now and here be mine. AMEN. He puts the first Cake on the Fire of the Thurible. I burn the Incense-cake, proclaim These adorations of Thy name. He makes them as in Liber Legis, and strikes again Eleven times upon the Bell. With the Burin he then makes upon his breast the proper sign. Behold this bleeding breast of mine Gashed with the sacramental sign! He puts the second Cake to the wound. I stanch the Blood; the wafer soaks It up, and the high priest invokes! --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2104) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:39 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: The Mass of the Phoenix, Part 2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:c586 13307ce0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Hymenaeus Beta (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 He eats the second Cake. This Bread I eat. This Oath I swear As I enflame myself with prayer: "There is no grace: there is no guilt: This is the Law: DO WHAT THOU WILT!" He strikes Eleven times upon the Bell, and cries ABRAHADABRA. I entered in with woe; with mirth I now go forth, and with thanksgiving, To do my pleasure on the earth Among the legions of the living. He goeth forth. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2105) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:44 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber Reguli, Part 1 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3317 13307d80 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Rajas (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER V vel REGULI A: A: publication in Class D. Being the Ritual of the Mark of the Beast: an incantation proper to invoke the Energies of the Aeon of Horus, adapted for the daily use of the Magician of whatever grade. THE FIRST GESTURE. The Oath of the Enchantment, which is called The Elevenfold Seal. The Animadversion towards the Aeon. 1. Let the Magician, robed and armed as he may dee to be fit, turn his face towards Boleskine, that is the House of The Beast 666. {Note 1: Boleskine House is on Loch Ness, 17 miles from Inverness, Latitude 57.14 N. Longitude 4.28 W.} 2. Let him strike the battery 1-3-3-3-1. 3. Let him put the Thumb of his right hand between its index an medius, and make the gestures hereafter following. The Vertical Component of the Enchantment. 1. Let him describe a circle about his head, crying NUIT! 2. Let him draw the Thumb vertically downward and touch the Muladhara Cakkra, crying, HADIT! 3. Let him, retracing the line, touch the centre of his breast an cry RA-HOOR-KHUIT! The Horizontal Components of the Enchantment. 1. Let him touch the Centre of his Forehead, his mouth, and his larynx, crying AIWAZ! 2. Let him draw his thumb from right to left across his face at the level of the nostrils. 3. Let him touch the centre of his breast, and his solar plexus, crying, THERION! 4. Let him draw his thumb from left to right across his breast, at the level of the sternum. 5. Let him touch the Svadistthana, and the Muladhara Chakkra, crying, BABALON! 6. Let him draw his thumb from right to left across his abdomen, at the level of the hips. (Thus shall he formulate the Sigil of the Grand Hierophant, but dependent from the Circle.) The Asseveration of the Spells. 1. Let the Magician clasp his hands upon his Wand, his fingers and thumbs interlaced, crying LAtSAL! EHMA! FIAOF! AAPH! AUMN! (Thus shall be declared the Words of Power whereby the Energies of the Aeon of Horus work his will in the World.) The Proclamation of the Accomplishment. 1. Let the Magician strike the Battery: 3-5-3, crying ABRAHADABRA. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2106) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:45 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber Reguli, Part 2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:3257 13307da0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Tamas (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 The SECOND GESTURE. The Enchantment. 1. Let the Magician, still facing Boleskine, advance to the circumference of his circle. 2. Let him turn himself towards the left, and pace with the stealth and swiftness of a tiger the precincts of his circle, until he complete one revolution thereof. 3. Let him give the Sign of Horus (or The Enterer) as he passeth, so to project the force that radiateth from Boleskine before him. 4. Let him pace his path until he comes to the North; there let him halt, and turn his face to the North. 5. Let him trace with his wand the Averse Pentagram proper to invoke Air (Aquarius). 6. Let him bring the wand to the centre of the Pentagram and call upon NUIT! 7. Let him make the sign called Puella, standing with his feet together, head bowed, his left hand shielding the Muladhara Cakkra, and his right hand shielding his breast (attitude of the Venus de Medici). 8. Let him turn again to the left, and pursue his Path as before, projecting the force from Boleskine as he passeth; let him halt when he next cometh to the South and face outward. 9. Let him trace the Averse Pentagram that invoketh Fire (Leo). 10. Let him point his wand to the centre of the Pentagram, and cry, HADIT! 11. Let him give the sign Puer, standing with feet together, and head erect. Let his right hand (the thumb extended at right angles to the fingers) be raised, the forearm vertical at a right angle with the upper arm, which is horizontally extended in the line joining the shoulders. Let his left hand, the thumb extended forwards and the fingers clenched, rest at the junction of the thighs (Attitude of the gods Mentu, Khem, etc.). 12. Let him proceed as before; then in the East, let him make the Averse Pentagram that invoketh Earth (Taurus). 13. Let him point his wand to the centre of the pentagram, and cry, THERION! 14. Let him give the sign called Vir, the feet being together. The hands, with clenched finger and thumbs thrust out forwards, are held to the temples; the head is then bowed and pushed out, as if to symbolize the butting of an horned beast (attitude of Pan, Bacchus, etc.). (Frontispiece, Equinox I, III). --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2107) Sat 16 Sep 89 15:48 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber Reguli, Part 3 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:f296 13307e00 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Satvas (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 15. Proceeding as before, let him make in the West the Averse Pentagram whereby Water is invoked. 16. Pointing the wand to the centre of the Pentagram, let him call upon BABALON!! 17. Let him give the sign Mulier. The feet are widely separated, and the arms raised so as to suggest a crescent. The head is thrown back (attitude of Baphomet, Isis in Welcome, the Microcosm of Vitruvius). (See Book 4, Part II). 18. Let him break into the dance, tracing a centripetal spiral widdershins, enriched by revolutions upon his axis as he passeth each quarter, until he come to the centre of the circle. There let him halt, facing Boleskine. 19. Let him raise the wand, trace the Mark of the Beast, and cry AIWAZ! 20. Let him trace the invoking Hexagram of The Beast. 21. Let him lower the wand, striking the Earth therewith. 22. Let him give the sign of Mater Triumphans (The feet are together; the left arm is curved as if it supported a child; the thumb and index finger of the right hand pinch the nipple of the left breast, as if offering it to that child). Let him utter the word EHMA! 23. Perform the spiral dance, moving deosil and whirling widdershins. Each time on passing the West extend the wand to the Quarter in question, and bow: a. "Before me the powers of LA!" (AL, to West.) b. "Behind me the powers of AL!" (LA, to East.) c. "On my right hand the powers of LA!" (AL, to North.) d. "On my left hand the powers of AL!" (LA, to South.) e. "Above me the powers of ShT!" (tS, leaping in the air.) f. "Beneath me the powers of ShT!" (tS, striking the ground.) g. "Within me the Powers!" (in the attitude of Phthah erect, the feet together, the hands clasped upon the vertical wand.) h. "About me flames my Father's face, the Star of Force and Fire." i. "And in the Column stands His six-rayed Splendour!" (This dance may be omitted, and the whole utterance chanted in the attitude of Phthah.) The FINAL GESTURE. This is identical with the First Gesture. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2108) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:10 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber RU vel Spiritus St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:43ed 13309140 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Larry (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER RV vel SPIRITUS SUB FIGURA CCVI. 2. Let the Zelator observe the current of his breath. 3. Let him investigate the following statements, and prepare a careful record of research. (a) Certain actions induce the flow of the breath through the right nostril (Pingala); and, conversely, the flow of the breath through Pingala induces certain actions. (b) Certain other actions induce the flow of the breath through the left nostril (Ida), and conversely. (c) Yet a third class of actions induce the flow of the breath through both nostrils at once (Sushumna), and conversely. (d) The degree of mental and physical activity is interdependent with the distance from the nostrils at which the breath can be felt by the back of the hand. 4. First practice. --- Let him concentrate his mind upon the act of breathing, saying mentally, "The breath flows in", "the breath flows out", and record the results. [This practice may resolve itself into Mahasatipatthana (vide Liber XXV) or induce Samadhi. Whichever occurs should be followed up as the right Ingenium of the Zelator, or the advice of his Practicus, may determine.] 5. Second practice. Pranayama. --- This is outlined in Liber E. Further, let the Zelator accomplished in those practices endeavour to master a cycle of 10, 20, 40 or even 16, 32, 64. But let this be done gradually and with due caution. And when he is steady and easy both in Asana and Pranayama, let him still further increase the period. Thus let him investigate these statements which follow: --- (a) If Pranayama be properly performed, the body will first of all become covered with sweat. This sweat is different in character from that customarily induced by exertion. If the Practitioner rub this sweat thoroughly into his body, he will greatly strengthen it. (b) The tendency to perspiration will stop as the practice is continued, and the body become automatically rigid. Describe this rigidity with minute accuracy. (c) The state of automatic rigidity will develop into a state characterised by violent spasmodic movements of which the Practitioner is unconscious, but of whose result he is aware. This result is that the body hops gently from place to place. After the first two or three occurrences of this experience, Asana is not lost. The body appears (on another theory) to have lost its weight almost completely and to be moved by an unknown force. (d) As a development of this stage, the body rises into the air, and remains there for an appreciably long period, from a second to an hour or more. Let him further investigate any mental results which may occur. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2109) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:12 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber RU, part 2 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b1ec 13309180 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Moe (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 6. Third Practice. --- In order both to economise his time and to develop his powers, let the Zelator practise the deep full breathing which his preliminary exercises will have taught him during his walks. Let him repeat a sacred sentence (mantra) or let him count, in such a way that his footfall beats accurately with the rhythm thereof, as is done in dancing. Then let him practise Pranayama, at first without the Kumbhakam, and paying no attention to the nostrils otherwise than to keep them clear. Let him begin by an indrawing of the breath for 4 paces, and a breathing out for 4 paces. Let him increase this gradually to 6.6, 8.8, 12.12, 16.16 and 24.24, or more if he be able. Next let him practise in the proper proportion 4.8, 6.12, 8.16, 12.24 and so on. Then if he choose, let him recommence the series, adding a gradually increasing period of Kumbhakam. 7. Fourth practice. --- Following on this third practice, let him quicken his mantra and his pace until the walk develops into a dance. This may also be practised with the ordinary waltz step, using a mantra in three-time, such as epeljon, epeljon, Artemiv; or Iao, Iao Sabao; in such cases the practice may be combined with devotion to a particular deity: see Liber CLXXV. For the dance as such it is better to use a mantra of a non-committal character, such as To einai, To Kalon, To 'Agadon, or the like. 8. Fifth practice. --- Let him practice mental concentration during the dance, and investigate the following experiments: (a) The dance becomes independent of the will. (b) Similar phenomena to those described in 5 (a), (b), (c), (d), occur. 9. A note concerning the depth and fullness of the breathing. In all proper expiration the last possible portion of air should be expelled. In this the muscles of the throat, chest, ribs, and abdomen must be fully employed, and aided by the pressing of the upper arms into the flanks, and of the head into the thorax. In all proper inspiration the last possible portion of air must be drawn into the lungs. In all proper holding of the breath, the body must remain absolutely still. Ten minutes of such practice is ample to induce profuse sweating in any place of a temperature of 17= C or over. The progress of the Zelator in acquiring a depth and fullness of breath should be tested by the respirometer. The exercises should be carefully graduated to avoid overstrain and possible damage to the lungs. This depth and fullness of breath should be kept as much as possible, even in the rapid exercises, with the exception of the sixth practice following. 10. Sixth Practice. --- Let the Zelator breathe as shallowly and rapidly as possible. He should assume the attitude of his moment of greatest expiration, and breathe only with the muscles of his throat. He may also practice lengthening the period between each shallow breathing. (This may be combined, when acquired, with concentration on the Visuddhi cakkra, i.e. let him fix his mind unwaveringly upon a point in the spine opposite the larynx.) --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2110) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:12 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber RU, part 3 St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:712d 13309180 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Curley (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 11. Seventh practice. --- Let the Zelator practise restraint of breathing in the following manner. At any stage of breathing let him suddenly hold the breath, enduring the need to breathe until it passes, returns, and passes again, and so on until consciousness is lost, either rising to Samadhi or similar supernormal condition, or falling into oblivion. 13. Ninth practice. -- Let him practice the usual forms of Pranayama, but let Kumbhakam be used after instead of before expiration. Let him gradually increase the period of this Kumbhakam as in the case of the other. 14. A note concerning the conditions of these experiments. The conditions favourable are dry, bracing air, a warm climate, absence of wind, absence of noise, insects and all other disturbing influences,{Note 1} a retired situation, simple food eaten in great moderation at the conclusion of the practices of morning and afternoon, and on no account before practising. Bodily health is almost essential, and should be most carefully guarded (See Liber CLXXXV, Task of a Neophyte). A diligent and tractable disciple, or the Practicus of the Zelator, should aid him in his work. Such a disciple should be noiseless, patient, vigilant, prompt, cheerful, of gentle manner and reverent to his master, intelligent to anticipate his wants, cleanly and gracious, not given to speech, devoted and unselfish. With all this he should be fierce and terrible to strangers and all hostile influences, determined and vigorous, increasingly vigilant, the guardian of the threshold. It is not desirable that the Zelator should employ any other creature than a man, save in cases of necessity. Yet for some of these purposes a dog will serve, for others a woman. There are also others appointed to serve, but these are not for the Zelator. 16. Eleventh practice. --- Let the Zelator at an time during the practices, especially during the periods of Kumbhakam, throw his will utterly towards his Holy Guardian Angel, directing his eyes inward and upward, and turning back his tongue as if to swallow it. ---------------- 1. Note that in the early stages of concentration of the mind, such annoyances become negligible. -408- --------------------------------------------------------------------- ------ (This latter operation is facilitated by severing the fraenum linguae, which, if done, should be done by a competent surgeon. We do not advise this or any similar method of cheating difficulties. This is, however, harmless.) In this manner the practice is to be raised from the physical to the spiritual-plane, even as the words Ruh, Ruach, Pneuma, Spiritus, Geist, Ghost, and indeed words of almost all languages, have been raised from their physical meanings of wind, breath, or movement, to the spiritual plane. (RV is the old root meaning Yoni and hence Wheel (Fr. roue, Lat. rota, wheel) and the corresponding Semitic root means "to go". Similarly spirit is connected with "spiral". -- Ed.) 17. Let the Zelator attach no credit to any statements that may have been made throughout the course of this instruction, and reflect that even the counsel which we have given as suitable to the average case may be entirely unsuitable to his own. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2111) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:38 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber B vel Magi, Sub Figura I St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:b538 133094c0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......All Magi (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER B vel MAGI SUB FIGURA I. 00. One is the Magus: twain His forces; four His weapons. These are the seven Spirits of Unrighteousness; seven vultures of evil. This is the art and craft of the Magus but glamour. How shall He destroy Himself? 0. Yet the Magus hath power upon the Mother both directly and through love. And the Magus is Love, and bindeth together That and This in His Conjuration. 1. In the beginning doth the Magus speak Truth, and send forth Illusion and Falsehood to enslave the soul. Yet therein is the Mystery of Redemption. 2. By his Wisdom made He the Worlds: the World that is God is none other than He. 3. Now then shall He end His Speech with Silence? For He is Speech. 4. He is the First and the Last. How shall He cease to number Himself? 5. By a Magus is this writing made known through the mind of a Magister. The one uttereth clearly, and the other Understandeth; yet the Word is falsehood, and the Understanding darkness. And this saying is of All Truth. 6. Nevertheless it is written; for there be times of darkness, and this as a lamp therein. 7. With the Wand createth He. 8. With the Cup preserveth He. 9. With the Dagger destroyeth He. 10. With the Coin redeemeth He. 11. His weapons fulfil the wheel; and on What Axle that turneth is not known unto Him. 12. From all these actions must He cease before the curse of His Grade is uplifted from Him. Before He attain to that which existeth without Form. 13. And if at this time He be manifested upon earth as a Man, and therefore is this present writing, let this be His method, that the curse of His grade, and the burden of His attainment, be uplifted from Him. 14. Let Him beware of abstinence from action. For the curse of His grade is that he must speak Truth, that the Falsehood thereof may enslave the souls of men. Let Him then utter that without Fear, that the Law may be fulfilled. And according to His Original Nature will that law be shapen, so that one may declare gentleness and quietness, being an Hindu; and another fierceness and servility, being a Jew; and yet another ardour and manliness, being an Arab. Yet this matter toucheth the mystery of Incarnation, and is not here to be declared. 15. Now the grade of a Magister teacheth the Mystery of Sorrow, and the grade of a Magus the Mystery of Change, and the grade of Ipsissimus the Mystery of Selflessness, which is called also the Mystery of Pan. 16. Let the Magus then contemplate each in turn, raising it to the ultimate power of Infinity. Wherein Sorrow is Joy, and Change is Stability, and Selflessness is Self. For the interplay of the parts hath no action upon the whole. And this contemplation shall be performed not by simple meditation --- how much less then by reason! --- but by the method which shall have been given unto Him in His initiation to the Grade. 17. Following which method, it shall be easy for Him to combine that trinity from its elements, and further to combine Sat-Chit-Ananda, and Light, Love, Life, three by three into nine that are one, in which meditation success shall be That which was first adumbrated to Him in the grade of Practicus (which reflecteth Mercury into the lowest world) in Liber XXVII, "Here is Nothing under its three forms." 18. And this is the Opening of the Grade of Ipsissimus, and by the Buddhists it is called the trance Nerodha-Samapatti. 19. And woe, woe, woe, yea woe, and again woe, woe, woe, unto seven times be His that preacheth not His law to men! 20. And woe also be unto Him that refuseth the curse of the grade of a Magus, and the burden of the Attainment thereof. 21. And in the word CHAOS let the book be sealed, yea, let the Book be sealed. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2112) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:43 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber Cheth vel Vallum Abeigni, sub figura CLVI St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:03f0 13309560 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Babalon (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER CHETH vel VALLUM ABIEGNI SUB FIGURA CLVI. 1. This is the secret of the Holy Graal, that is the sacred vessel of our Lady, the Scarlet Woman, Babalon the Mother of Abominations, the Bride of Chaos, that rideth upon our Lord the Beast. 2. Thou shalt drain out thy blood that is thy life into the golden cup of her fornication. 3. Thou shalt mingle thy life with the universal life. Thou shalt keep not back one drop. 4. Then shall thy brain be dumb, and thy heart beat no more, and all thy life shall go from thee; and thou shalt be cast out upon the midden, and the birds of the air shall feast upon thy flesh, and thy bones shall whiten in the sun. 5. Then shall the winds gather themselves together and bear thee up as it were a little heap of dust in a sheet that hath four corners, and they shall give it unto the guardian of the Abyss. 6. And because there is no life therein, the guardian of the Abyss shall bid the angels of the winds pass by. And the angels thereof shall be no more. 7. Now therefore that thou mayest achieve this ritual of the Holy Graal, do thou divest thyself of all thy goods. 8. Thou hast wealth; give it unto them that have need thereof, yet no desire toward it. 9. Thou hast health; slay thyself in the fervour of thine abandonment unto Our Lady. Let thy flesh hang loose upon thy bones, and thine eyes glare with thy quenchless lust unto the Infinite, with thy passion for the Unknown, for Her that is beyond Knowledge the accursed one. 10. Thou hast love; tear thy mother from thine heart and spit in the face of thy father. Let thy foot trample the belly of thy wife, and let the babe at her breast be the prey of dogs and vultures. 11. For if thou dost not this with thy will, then shall We do this despite thy will. So that thou attain to the Sacrament of the Graal in the Chapel of Abominations. 12. And behold! If by stealth thou keep unto thyself one thought of thine, then shalt thou be cast out into the abyss for ever; and thou shalt be the lonely one, the eater of dung, the afflicted in the Day of Be-With-Us. 13. Yea! verily this is the Truth, this is the Truth, this is the Truth. Unto thee shall be granted joy and health and wealth and wisdom when thou art no longer thou. 14. Then shall every gain be a new sacrament, and it shall not defile thee; thou shalt revel with the wantons in the market place, and the virgins shall fling roses upon thee, and the merchants bend their knees and bring thee gold and spices. Also young boys shall pour wonderful wines for thee, and the singers and the dancers shall sing and dance for thee. 15. Yet shalt thou not be therein, for thou shalt be forgotten, dust lost in dust. 16. Nor shall the aeon itself avail thee in this; for from the dust shall a white ash be prepared by Hermes the Invisible. 17. And this is the wrath of god, that these things should be thus. 18. And this is the grace of God, that these things should be thus. 19. Wherefore I charge you that ye come unto me in the Beginning; for if ye take but one step in this Path, ye must arrive inevitably at the end thereof. 20. This Path is beyond Life and Death; it is also beyond Love, but that ye know not, for ye know not Love. 21. And the end thereof is known not even unto Our Lady, nor to the Beast whereon She rideth, nor unto the Virgin her daughter, nor unto Chaos her lawful Lord; but unto the Crowned Child is it known? It is not known if it be known. 22. Therefore unto Hadit and unto Nuit be the glory in the End and the Beginning; yea, in the End and the Beginning. --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2113) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:44 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber A'ash vel Capricorni Pneumatici sub figura CCCLXX St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:ac66 13309580 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Therion (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER A'ASH vel CAPRICORNI PNEUMATICI SUB FIGURA CCCLXX. 0. Gnarled Oak of God! In thy branches is the lightning nested! Above thee hangs the Eyeless Hawk. 1. Thou art blasted and black! Supremely solitary in that heath of scrub. 2. Up! The Ruddy clouds hang over thee! It is the storm. 3. There is a flaming gash in the sky. 4. Up. 5. Thou art tossed about in the grip of the storm for an aeon and an aeon and an aeon. But thou givest not thy sap; thou fallest not. 6. Only in the end shalt thou give up thy sap when the great God F.I.A.T. is entroned on the day of Be-With-Us. 7. For two things are done and a third thing is begun. Isis and Osiris are given over to incest and adultery. Horus leaps up thrice armed from the womb of his mother. Harpocrates his twin is hidden within him. SET is his holy covenant, that he shall display in the great day of M.A.A.T., that is being interpreted the Master of the Temple of A: A:, whose name is Truth. 8. Now in this is the magical power known. 9. It is like the oak that hardens itself and bears up against the storm. It is weather-beaten and scarred and confident like a sea-captain. 10. Also it straineth like a hound in the leash. 11. It hath pride and great subtlety. Yea, and glee also! 12. Let the Magus act thus in his conjuration. 13. Let him sit and conjure; let him draw himself together in that forcefulness; let him rise next swollen and straining; let him dash back the hood from his head and fix his basilisk eye upon the sigil of the demon. Then let him sway the force of him to and fro like a satyr in silence, until the word burst from his throat. 14. Then let him not fall exhausted, although he might have been ten thousandfold the human; but that which floodeth him is the infinite mercy of the Genitor-Genitrix of the Universe, whereof he is the Vessel. 15. Nor do thou deceive thyself. It is easy to tell the live force from the dead matter. It is no easier to tell the live snake from the dead snake. 16. Also concerning vows. Be obstinate, and be not obstinate. Understand that the yielding of the Yoni is one with the lengthening of the Lingam. Thou art both these; and thy vow is but the rustling of the wind on Mount Meru. 17. How shalt thou adore me who am the Eye and the Tooth, the Goat of the Spirit, the Lord of Creation. I am the Eye in the Triangle, the Silver Star that ye adore. 18. I am Baphomet, that is the Eightfold Word that shall be equilibrated with the Three. 19. There is no act or passion that shall not be an hymn in mine honour. 20. All holy things and all symbolic things shall be my sacraments. 21. These animals are sacred unto me; the goat, and the duck, and the ass, and the gazelle, the man, the woman and the child. 22. All corpses are sacred unto me; they shall not be touched save in mine eucharist. All lonely places are sacred unto me; where one man gathereth himself together in my name, there will I leap forth in the midst of him. 23. I am the hideous god, and who mastereth me is uglier than I. 24. Yet I give more than Bacchus and Apollo; my gifts exceed the olive and the horse. 25. Who worshippeth me must worship me with many rites. 26. I am concealed with all concealments; when the Most Holy Ancient One is stripped and driven through the market place, I am still secret and apart. 27. Whom I love I chastise with many rods. 28. All things are sacred to me; no thing is sacred from me. 29. For there is no holiness where I am not. 30. Fear not when I fall in the fury of the storm; for mine acorns are blown afar by the wind; and verily I shall rise again, and my childeren about me, so that we shall uplift our forest in Eternity. 31. Eternity is the storm that covereth me. 32. I am Existence, the Existence that existeth not save through its own Existence, that is beyond the Existence of Existences, and rooted deeper than the No-Thing-Tree in the Land of No-Thing. 33. Now therefore thou knowest when I am within Thee, when my hood is spread over thy skull, when my might is more than the penned Indus, and resistless as the Giant Glacier. 34. For as thou art before a lewd woman in Thy nakedness in the bazaar, sucked up by her slyness and smiles, so art thou wholly and no more in part before the symbol of the beloved, though it be but a Pisacha or a Yantra or a Deva. 35. And in all shalt thou create the Infinite Bliss and the next link of the Infinite Chain. 36. This chain reaches from Eternity to Eternity, ever in triangles --- is not my symbol a triangle? --- ever in circles --- is not the symbol of the Beloved a circle? Therein is all progress base illusion, for every circle is alike and every triangle alike! 37. But the progress is progress, and progress is rapture, constant, dazzling, showers of light, waves of dew, flames of the hair of the Great Goddess, flowers of the roses that are about her neck, Amen! 38. Therefore lift up thyself as I am lifted up. Hold thyself in as I am master to accomplish. At the end, be the end far distant as the stars that lie in the navel of Nuit, do thou slay thyself as I at the end am slain, in the death that is life, in the peace that is mother of war, in the darkness that holds light in his hand, as an harlot that plucks a jewel from her nostrils. 39. So therefore the beginning is delight, and the end is delight, and delight is in the midst, even as the Indus is water in the cavern of the glacier, and water among the greater hills and the lesser hills and through the ramparts of the hills and through the plains, and water at the mouth thereof when it leaps forth into the mighty sea, yea, into the mighty sea. (The Interpretation of this Book will be given to members of the Grade of Dominus Liminis on application, each to his Adeptus.) --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2114) Sat 16 Sep 89 18:45 By: Aleister Crowley To: All Re: Liber A vel Armorum St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:a0cd 133095a0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Hephaestus (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 LIBER A vel ARMORUM SUB FIGURA CCCXII. " ... the obeah and the wanga; the work of the wand and the work of the sword; these he shall learn and teach." Liber AL, I, 37. The Pantacle. Take pure wax, or a plate of gold, silver-gilt or Electrum Magicum. The diameter shall be eight inches, and the thickness half an inch. Let the Neophyte by his understanding and ingenium devise a symbol to represent the Universe. Let his Zelator approve thereof. Let the Neophyte engrave the same upon the plate with his own hand and weapon. Let it when finished be consecrated as he hath skill to perform, and kept wrapped in silk of emerald green. The Dagger. Let the Zelator take a piece of pure steel, and beat it, grind it, sharpen it, and polish it, according to the art of the swordsmith. Let him further take a piece of oak wood, and carve a hilt. The length shall be eight inches. Let him by his understanding and ingenium devise a Word to represent the Universe. Let his Practicus approve thereof. Let the Zelator engrave the same upon his dagger with his own hand and instruments. Let him further gild the wood of his hilt. Let it when finished be consecrated as he hath skill to perform, and kept wrapped in silk of golden yellow. The Cup. Let the Practicus take a piece of Silver and fashion therefrom a cup. The height shall be 8 inches, and the diameter 3 inches. Let him by his understanding and ingenium devise a Number to represent the Universe. Let his Philosophus approve thereof. Let the Practicus engrave the same upon his cup with his own hand and instrument. Let it when finished be consecrated as he hath skill to perform, and kept wrapped in silk of azure blue. The Baculum. Let the Philosophus take a rod of copper, of length eight inches and diameter half an inch. Let him fashion about the top a triple flame of gold. Let him by his understanding and ingenium devise a Deed to represent the Universe. Let his Dominus Liminis approve thereof. Let the Philosophus perform the same in such a way that the Baculum may be partaker therein. Let it when finished be consecrated as he hath skill to perform, and kept wrapped in silk of fiery scarlet. The Lamp. Let the Dominus Liminis take pure lead, tin, and quicksilver, with platinum, and, if need be, glass. let him by his understanding and ingenium devise a Magick Lamp that shall burn without wick or oil, being fed by the Aethyr. This shall he accomplish secretly and apart, without asking the advice or approval of his Adeptus Minor. Let the Dominus Liminis keep it when consecrated in the secret chamber of Art. This then is that which is written: "Bring furnished with complete armour and armed, he is similar to the goddess." And again, "I am armed, I am armed." --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Operation Do Do Bird - New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (2115) Tue 19 Sep 89 20:21 By: Aleister Crowley To: Those Who Want To Know Re: TRanslation of Grimorium Sanctissimum St: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ @EID:5226 1333a2a0 * Original: FROM.....Tony Iannotti (107/666) * Original: TO.......Latin Students (107/666) * Forwarded by.......OPUS 107/666 The Most Holy Grimoire. This Grimoire, which contains the Secret of Secrets not yet revealed, was made by the Supreme King O.T.O. Baphomet X M... himself. Regarding the Temple. 1. East ............... Altar 2. West ............... Tablet of god to be invoked 3. North ............... Priestess {or Priest} 4. South ............... Fire with thurible. etc. 5. Center ............... Four-sided Stone with: Images of the God Most Great, Ineffable, Unspoken Secret and with sword, bell, oil The Virgin. Place the image beside the Book Thelema. Regarding the First Ceremony. Let it done be as Book 671 has said, but first let the Virgin be purified with the words: "Asperge me..." etc., and put off her garments with the words: "Per sanctum Mysterium," etc. Thus is the Pyramid raised. Then the Virgin purifies the priest, and removes his vestments as is above ordained. (Here the virgin states the orations of this work of god). Regarding the Ceremony of the Thurible. Let the virgin kindle the fire and the priest with her hands, saying: "Accendat in nobis Dominus ignem sui amoris et flamman aeternae caritatis." Regarding the Ceremony of Dedication. The virgin invokes the image of the God Most Huge, Ineffable, Secret, not to be spoken of, with these words. --- "Tu qui es prater omnia...x.t.l." Neither does she relinquish the other image. Regarding the Final Sacrifice Then the priest breaks the silence with the words of the holy versicle of the particular god being invoked He enters the Holy of Holies. Beware; beware; beware. Two who are become ONE sing without interuption, and in high voice, the words of the holy versicles. MDNM Regarding the Blessing of the Blessing Having spent the dew, the woman says these words "Quia patris et filii s.s." etc. Regarding the Final Ceremony Let it be done as it has been said in Book 671. MDSUMDSDMDNM --- ConfMail V4.00 * Origin: Wacko's Like Us, Inc. -=*=- New York, New York, (718) 499-9277 (1:107/666)

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