> I'm inquiring about the Nephthys Lodge?? Someone told me Frater
> ByThor (Eugene Plawiuk) was last the Lodge Master? the email from
> bentin@... is MAILER-DAEMON@ yahoo.com and??
> wondering if anyone might know what happened and when?
There has been some murmurings from Peter Koenig within the last few months
on this list making reference to Fr. ByThor one of the most adroit
Magick I have had the privilege of knowing since 1978 here in Edmonton. I'm
sure you must be referring to those comments made by Peter.
That being said yes ByThor was the Lodge Master of Nephthys Lodge from
1981-96. I still see ByThor around town once in awhile. He is still a
Thelemite and active in Magick but not connected to any OTO activity at the
moment as far as I know.
It's difficult to describe in detail what exactly happened with Nephthys
and the best person to ask on the topic is ByThor himself. When Nephthys
went down I was more or less away from the scene at the time. My father had
just passed away and I had published my first SF short story and I was
moving house at the time and had a lot on my plate. I learned from Fr. Loki
the Deputy Lodge Master while meeting him by chance on Whyte Ave back in
July 1999 just before I got married the following year and all I could get
out of him at the time because he was in a hurry, "the Lodge folded and some
of the members went into the circle of Ahsteroth.(Wicca) Got run."
I had several phone calls later with Loki, 2000, 2001 and 2002 but since
then nothing but during those phone calls we were able to have some
interesting discussions. Loki said that when he first joined the Lodge he
would remain in Nephthys for as long as it was entertaining and he was
having fun but when the Lodge space at the Boyal St Co-op was being
considered for demolition to make way for the Wynesphere concert hall,
Nephthys lost that space and was forced to move into a members house on the
south side. I gather that's when Loki lost interest.
I recall several Gnostic masses there at the last location and the host
was a nice and decent fellow to allow Nephthys to operate from there until
something more suitable could be found. The last contact I had as a sort of
Lodge member would have been the fall of 1995. I don't know if the Wicca
circle does the Gnostic mass but I sure enjoyed it at the time and really
ByThor is a good man and cares about his community and I learn
something every I associate with him. Make no mistake ByThor is an expert on
Thelema and Magick and knows what he's talking about. We may not agree with
each other on some political issues but I have a healthy respect for ByThor
and what he has accomplished in Thelema.
Hope that helps.
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