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Book of the Law & Freemasonry

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Book of the Law & Freemasonry
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 02:57:38 GMT

Alan O'Brien wrote:

> > > There is a rumour - and it is a rumour that will be hard to 
> > > confirm - that the Californian Grand Lodge of Freemasonry allowed 
> > > an  Initiate to take his oath on The Book of the Law.

Gnome d Plume wrote:

> > California Grand Lodge is one of several state jurisdictions that
> > permit Liber Al to be used as a VSL. Washington State does and I
> > believe two other States as well.

"Paul Hume"  wrote:

> > I thought this first happened some years ago, actually. Like close 
> > to 10 years, at a lodge in the LA basin. I know many many Thelemites 
> >  who are active in freemasonry, including those who've worked the  
> > line and have served as Master of their Lodge. It would seem 
> > consonant with  Masonic values to allow the Book of the Law as VSL  
> > for these  initiates.

Alan O'Brien wrote:

> They would have to keep OTO membership a secret, however, if they were 
> in it. 

That is certainly not the case in Mill Valley, California: the local OTO
body hosts a regular monthly public lecture series *at the Mill Valley
Masonic lodge* (architecturally one of the most beautiful of the
California lodges, by the way) and the OTO elcture series coodinator is
a Freemasonic lodge officer. 

Additionally, in the hallway that leads between the lobby and the lodge
room, there are hung many framed historical Masonic tracing boards in
numerous styles of art, and among these are copies of the tracing boards
which Lady Frieda Harris painted for her Co-Freemasonic lodge, with
artowk quite similar to the that she painted for the Thoth tarot deck
she produced with Aleister Crowley. 

> The OTO is regarded as clandestine and would result in them being 
> thrown out. 

Not so. Since the OTO ceased claiming to "make Masons" they have not
been considered to be clandestine Masons. Your information is about 70
years out of date. 

> This is actually the great thing; regular freemasonry has complained
> for years that the OTO is not a masonic organization; Reuss and 
> Crowley said it was, Reuss regarded it as the true Masonry. There has 
> been all these years of argument and now PLONK! there is the Book of 
> the Law on the Regular Lodge's altar!
> Now THAT is irony!

I don't think it is irony. I think you are not aware of events that have
transpired during the past 70 years. 

By the way, as far as Masonry recognizing minority religions, i know of
Masons who have taken their obligations on The Charge of the Goddess in
Mid-Western US lodges. 

Please forward this to any interested parties, if you think it would
cool the flames and sto the proliferation of rumours. 


cat yronwode 

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