Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Boleskine bollocks and temple orientation

 Do what thou wit shall be the whole of the law

There is a thelemic tradition that I cannot stand. This is the orientation of temple East is often different in Thelema from actual east, as East is defined as the direction of Boleskine. For those of you who don't know Boleskine is a house owned by Aleister Crowley (and later Jimmy Page) on the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland. 
Here in Ireland a general North east orientation covers this, but to be perfectly honest I don't like this tradition. It seems to be primarily because Crowley did the Abramelin working in Boleskine. I think thats great for him, but I am my own lord and saviour and do not intend to orientate my entire magickal universe towards the location of someone elses revelation.
The tradition seems to come from The Gnostic Mass, and mention of this is also made in Liber V vel Reguli, the ritual of the mark of the beast. In the gnostic mass the note is as follows
  • "In the East, that is, in the direction of Boleskine, which is situated on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland, two miles east of Foyers, is a shrine or High Altar." -- Liber XV
 I wonder if European Thelemites set their temple East as west? In Spain as north? Crowley cult nonsense in my opinion, especially since it is equated as the kiblah of thelema, the equivent of Mecca to Muslims . I orientate to the East proper in accordance with the understanding of the Lord initiating being placed there (horus/ Ra Hoor Khuit)
"Set up my image in the East; thou shalt buy thee an image which I will show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest." -- Liber AL, III:21
 In the end each to their own, but Boleskine is certainly not my Thelemic Mecca.

For more information on this I recommend the Thelemapedia entry and this article by Sabazius of the OTO

Until next time.


Love is the law, love under will

6 comments:

  1. Very interesting, thank you! The additional links were much appreciated.

    Órfhlaith

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  2. People are STILL facing Boleskine? Wow. Thanks for this glimpse into the current Thelemic work :)

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  3. Yeah, I have run into these people. And some of them get super-upset when you mention that you are using compass east in your Thelemic workings.

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  4. Peregrin, I find there is a lot of variation in personal practice, but there are individuals and organisations that will define temple east as wherever Boleskine is. Though I find most people look at the ideal dimensions of the room and name a temple east based on what most easily works.
    The point is, I wouldnt orientate to Boleskine even symbolically as it means little or nothing to me

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  5. This said, an argument can be made through the use of Gemetria as Boleskine = 418

    ABRAHADABRA = 418
    ABRAHADABRA has 11 letters
    ABRAHADABRA = 1+2+2+1+5+1+4+1+2+2+1 = 22
    The five letters in the word are: A, the Crown; B, the Wand; D, the Cup; H, the Sword; R, the Rosy Cross; and refer further to Amoun the Father, Thoth His messenger, and Isis, Horus, Osiris, the divine-human triad.
    Also 418 = ATh IAV, the Essence of IAO, translated from Hebrew as “Thou art IAO”
    418= BVLShKIN, or Boleskine
    418= RA HVVR, or Ra Hoor
    418= הרו-רא-הא, a Hebrew spelling of Heru-Ra-Ha
    418= AIFΑΣΣ, a Greek spelling of Aiwass
    418= The sum of all integers between 13 and 31 inclusive.
    Abrahadabra is from Abrasax, Father Sun, which = 365

    Still dont like the Crowley cultishness of it

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  6. Liber 418 is The Vision And The Voice, an important work of revelation. So for Gemetria freaks it makes sense

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