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Source for pronunciation of words/names in Thelemic magic?

To: alt.magick
From: dy565@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Victorya Roberts)
Subject: Re: Source for pronunciation of words/names in Thelemic magic?
Date: 9 May 2001 17:50:38 GMT

"Satyr" ( writes:
> In article , "Kevin Winner"
>  wrote:
>> Can anyone tell me a good source on the pronunciation of the names and
>> words used in Thelemic magic?  I have Duquette's book  The Magic of

> You could try to find someone who's line of initiation descends from
> Crowley.  There are more of them around than one might think.  But that
> is still no guarantee that their pronunciation is any better than anyone
> elses.  'Thelema' itself is a good example.  It's usually pronounced
> 'thel-ee-muh' ('ee', as in 'seen' and 'week'), but the original Greek was
> pronounced 'thel-ay-muh' ('ay', as in 'way' and 'say').  At least I think
> so.

I'm told (by a surprisingly well-read, non-magicky friend) that depending
on location it would be Tel-ay-ma or Thel-ay-ma with a cool softish 'th.'

The middle syllable is sort of between eh and ay when he says it.  (as
well as in other sources I've heard)

My experiance with virtually all magick-specific sources is that the
pronounciation is *far* from what the words would orriginally have sounded
like in whatever language it is.

I tend to try and work in English :)  When I don't I try to get
pronounciations from auditory sources, and read from the appropriate
character set.

Unless I'm rolling on the floor gibbering, of course  (then pronounciation
is really up to you)

Memory, particularly the lack thereof,
is never entirely reliable.

Discussion is the law, discussion under Chill the F*** Out.       -ZZ

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