I was looking to contact the genuine article; I was looking for mentors, and I got that in spades. Finally, she gently strokes his Lance eleven times, invoking the Lord. What is required, in particular support of what I have called the doctrinal purpose of the Mass, is that public Masses have priests who are socially masculine in their life outside the temple, and priestesses who are similarly feminine. Symonds, John and Kenneth Grant, eds. It may be considered paradoxical or even ironic, but the possibility for an ordinarily masculine initiate to experience the office of priestess as a thoroughly feminine role is maintained and enhanced through the constraint that requires priestesses of public Masses to be ordinarily feminine and vice versa, mutatis mutandum, et cetera. That cake is then baked before being burned entirely to ash, which is then mixed into the dough of a batch that could make up to 50 or more cakes.
Priests and priestesses do not have the authority to impose their own interpretations on the Mass, because it is not intended as a vehicle for personal expression. He married Paulette Cazaentre in Marseilles on August 10, 1932; they had no children. Effertz provides no support for his contention on pp. The magick is very powerful. Thus their minds criticize their enthusiasm; they are unable to consummate the union of their individual souls with the universal soul as a bridegroom would be to consummate his marriage if his love were constantly reminded that its assumptions were intellectually absurd. There is room for the Paten, and the Priestess to sit.
It is for this reason that I have endeavored to ensure that the trade edition, handsomely bound in hardcover and released in both a standard and deluxe edition, will likewise please the reader in form. Regarding which, incidentally, I have other, altogether more mundane concerns… A couple of days ago, I emailed a friend and mentioned my pending trip to Brighton. The rain has let up, and about three quarters of the congregation shuffles back outside for a pre-prandial cigarette and chat, while the remaining occultists busy themselves rearranging the chairs, pulling back the curtains, and preparing the hall. It is the uniting of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm. In 2012 a serious issue of social justice was raised and presented to the E.
Having a vested interest in both sides of this argument helps me to feel at least minimally justified in presenting my personal opinion on the matter, without feeling overly out-of-line. Please help to this article by more precise citations. The is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. No occultists are ever harmed in the making of a Gnostic Mass. The two-tiered super-altar sits on top of the High Altar. This Vindication, as it were, is a vital piece of the whole package. I fnd that this does encourage considering my position on these matters in opposition to my membership in these most excellent organizations.
Individual initiates may indeed use the ceremonial roles of the Gnostic Mass as avenues for personal exploration and expression concerning gender. As with all opposing points of view, it is the work of the magician to reconcile these contradictions in a higher understanding. She moves in a serpentine manner around the Altar of Incense and the Font symbolizing the unwinding of the Serpent which is twined around the base of the spine before stopping at the Tomb. Adrian, our priest, emerges from the community hall along with our priestess, a beautiful Eastern European with dark eyes and darker jewelry. They make the same proclamation of godhood as did the Priest. Effertz, reach this lofty goal and can reconsider and solidify their theses from this position.
Even though the position in support of the Queer Mass is incredibly well argued and supported, one cannot simply ignore the fact that unless one is a member of the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis, one can not in any way speak to the efficacy of this proposed modification of the ritual. His nephew is the well-known theatre, film and television actor Michel Aumont. It is our stance that a call for reformation of church doctrine is solely the right and responsibility of the church itself. It is covered with a crimson cloth. York Beach: Samuel Weiser, 1983. Judaism and Islām are striking examples of this failure. One need look no further than constant Facebook flame wars to shudder at the immature attacks on our organization by well meaning but misguided individuals.
Presumably, the problem of magical bankruptcy is evaded through private celebration. It all holds 22 candles, the , the , the Cup, and two bunches of roses. But the comparison is false: private Gnostic Masses are not secret. It does use their genders to adumbrate certain chief secrets of O. He should heed the words of the Primate that he likes to quote, and continue to question his own assumptions about what is represented in the drama of our central ceremony. As another example, it is commonly accepted that the Gnostic Mass is an enactment of the supreme ritual and Magickal reenactment of human reproduction which would by definition require the current gender participants in order to function properly. The Priest gives the final benediction.
As someone who grew up in a queer family, being raised by a same sex couple from the age of three, I have a very real and personal attachment to matters of gay rights and social justice. The difference here—aside from being a response to a poorly thought-out dismissal cleverly disguised as a critique—is that we see the politics of O. And, against my better judgment, I file in along with them. For of these Four Works not one leadeth to the Crown, because Tetragrammaton hath His Root only in Chokmah. In so stating, Polyphilus implies, without evidence or explanation, that public celebrations of queer Gnostic Mass could not fulfill the magical purpose of the Mass. The Font: this is a small circular item which is able to contain or hold water. A thoughtful and well documented argument for the reformation of O.
We have, unsurprisingly, picked out a quiet corner for our discussion. It is the central rite of and its ecclesiastical arm,. And this effect is secret in the sense that it is utterly ineffable. In this regard, it is a wealth of wisdom poured out and applied in a manner that is both responsible and compassionate without any unseemly disparagement. Of the magical purpose of the Gnostic Mass, Polyphilus writes: The Magical effect for the individual Is the one that Crowley explains in Magick in Theory and Practice: The communicant is gradually made divine, Being brought swallow by swallow Towards Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel And to the ultimate attainment that lies beyond. The officers give their orations, including the Calendar by the Deacon. At the end of the driveway less than half a dozen men are standing around outside the entrance of a small faux-Victorian community center.