I have recently undergone my First Degree Initiation with my local cOTO
Oasis. Personally I made this decision (after several years of "reflection")
based on my relationship with the Oasis/Temple Master and other local
participants in cOTO activities, as well as my ("personal") relationship
with TBOTL, the Prophet of the Lovely Star, etc.
Is it possible, in the opinion of others on this list, that, as a "magickal
act," undergoing (c)OTO Initiation may be an effective affirmation of the
magickian's True Will, insofar as the pursuit of Thelemic practises and
values are concerned - i.e. regardless of the hypocrisy, or lack thereof, in
other current members or representatives of said "body"? In terms of
magickal theory and/or experiential praxis for list members, has this
experience (cOTO Initiation) functioned in this sort of fashion for others,
In other words, have others experienced a sense of progress or clarification
in awareness of their True Will or "life purpose" (accepting for the moment
that such a hypothetical entity exists), having to some degree (LOL) already
embarked upon Thelemic practises in an effort to achieve such clarification?
As my partner puts it, "Did the angels come the next day with a pot of
gold," or something like that?
Secondly - although perhaps just as or more importantly: if one is
convinced - or at least feels it is worth exploring - that Thelema has
potential applications towards facilitating our current "global mind shift"
in a desirable direction, does joining the (c)OTO as a tactic, make sense to
others on this list, considering this "body" is (currently) a (perhaps even
the most) conspicuous representative of the "93 Current" on the world stage
(if "conspicuous" doesn't overly contradict "secret," as directed in AL I,
v. 10, per se), in order (LOL) to make a contribution towards how this
To (hopefully) be more clear: Crowley's influence has evidently "picked up,"
in the century since he introduced his cult to our culture - as he's now
been added, by popular vote, to the "Top 100 Britons of the 20th Century"
list - that's coming quite a long way from "wickedest man in the world" in
the popular eye, it would seem....
Another influential 20th century trickster/philosopher (similarly dubbed
"the most dangerous man alive" by the status quo of his day), Timothy Leary,
attributed his inspiration at a crucial stage in his career to the Great
Beast, and the furthering of the Work as defined by Bro 666 as his personal
mandate (late 60's/early 70's, at the peak of his influence, so to speak -
around the time he ran against Reagan for Gov. of Cali.). Whether or not the
good Dr. Tim is proven to be in the "Top 100 Americans (or Global Citizens?)
of the 20th Century" list, or not, remains to be seen - but considering his
influence, say, on the Beatles (undeniable heavyweights on the global
culture stage), it is pretty difficult to overestimate the impact of this
man's ideas on our planet in many ways... personally I think the 21st
century will learn to give more regard to Dr. Leary's efforts, eventually.
Anyway, my point is that there seems some reason for optimism in viewing
Thelema as a valuable "meme" for influencing Global Mind Change (to borrow
from the title of past Institute of Noetic Sciences president, Willis
Harman's excellent book advocating Freemasonry and Hermeticism as
appropriate "new" paradigms for the planet). Taking for granted at the
moment that this is so, would others argue that the (c)OTO is a suitable
vehicle to advance this meme with at present, or no?
I am going to bathe now...but if I haven't gotten the point across in any of
the above, please ask for clarification, and otherwise, I look forward to
any contribution list members have to clarifying the above questions.
Brian Mackenzie 1^