I was asked to return all that stuff to int'l when I resigned but I seriously have a big box and they have all the important paperwork anyway. .. have no idea what to do with all of it so have it in a big box in my storage locker. Along with a suitcase full of robes/costumes, etc.
Point is, it would cost way too much to mail, I already gave way too much, not going to spend a couple hundred more.
It's a similar issue, but it ain't quite the same issue. USGL's property belongs to USGL, SWL's property belongs to SWL, my property belongs to me. There is some gray area. The handwritten initiation records aren't really gray - they belong to the Lodge but I wasn't aware I still possessed them, and once I found them, I arranged to hand them over. The masters of the Rites - in the end, I agree that SWL should have them, so SWL now does. Frankly, I thought I had given them over to the current Lodge Master several years ago, and have only very recently unearthed them.
Edited at 2010-08-25 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Is he going to digitize them?
I think we'd all like to see that.
We (Eleusyve Productions) are doing an archive/history project regarding the performance of the rites in the Order. We've interveiwed several west coast folks so far. If you know who we might contact to get the lowdown on the Rites as done in Texas that would be marvelous.
You might get in touch with Content Knowles. I hear she had something to do with it and she'd probably talk to ya. Or you could get in contact with SWL and ask them who you should get in contact with if you'd prefer to talk to someone who is still active in the OTO. A great many people were involved, many of whom are still active and would I am sure be willing to talk to you.
(We did a seven year cycle here - every year, we produced all seven rites, performing one every five days. It occurred in the autumn. I produced the whole deal (by which I mean, I took responsibility for the project management, which started when I was Lodgemaster and continued after I passed the torch), lots of people directed over the years (I did one each year so I got to direct each of them, although I did not go in ToL sequence) and dozens of people wrote them and acted in them. I say wrote because directors had the option of producing Crowley's script, recontextualizing Crowley's script, or they could write their own. I've declined some outsider interviews about the process but I'm willing to talk to you extensively for archival/historical purposes. But there are a lot of people you can talk to about it. The current Master of SWL, James Mac, acted in many of them. Current Master of Bubastis, same deal. He was there. Many many people in Texas were there. I'm sure you can get some good interviews.)
Edited at 2010-08-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
2010-08-25 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: *rubs eyes*
And don't forget we even had a Rite of Neptune and a Rite of Pluto!
You rock. I am so glad you transformed that community experience into an ongoing theater career too.
2010-08-29 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: *rubs eyes*
I'm now Past Master of Bubastis :) I am back to serving in the much more comfortable capacity of Initiation Secretary. In any case, I'd be happy to answer any questions, at least so far as I remember "those iron days."
Congratulations! If you're ever in NYC, I'll buy you a pizza.
Looks like I'm not the only one taking a trip in the ol' wayback machine lately :)
What a life, eh?
2010-09-15 06:44 pm (UTC)
hypcrite. eternal hypocrite. you.
Declaration of Support for the Grand Master Sabazius
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
We, the undersigned Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of United States Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, hereby declare our unequivocal support for the Grand Master Sabazius, and for his recent actions in response to the behavior of some members of our Order. While we value honest dissent, no organization should be expected to retain within its ranks those who, despite their sacred pledges to the contrary, do not recognize, respect, or intend to cooperate with the organization's leadership; fail to address their grievances in a civil and fraternal manner through the appropriate official channels; or refuse to abide by the decisions of its duly constituted governing and administrative bodies.
We are confident that the issues surrounding the recent sad events will be resolved shortly, and hope that no further measures will be required at this time to ensure the health and well-being of the Order. We are united in our resolve to carry out both the spirit and the letter of our Sacred Oaths, and to defend our Grand Master and our Holy Order.
Love is the law, love under will.
Signed this day of Venus, Sol 12° Leo, Luna 10° Sagittarius, Anno IVxiv (August 4 2006 e.v.)
François C. Cartier
Lon Milo DuQuette
Constance Jean DuQuette
M. Lisa Faulkner
Soror Ixel Balamke
Content Love Knowles
2010-09-20 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: hypcrite. eternal hypocrite. you.
Oh, anonymous, aka Citizen 188.8.131.52, it's so good to hear from you again! There are some excellent examples of my hypocricy of which I am aware, but what you've posted isn't one of them. I know exactly why I signed that document and given the same set of circumstances, I'd do it again.
Your little steaming turd that you've dropped here is however an excellent example of someone too cowardly or disinterested to sign their own name, judging something they don't have enough information to judge and spewing about same.
And if my actions, which I guarantee you don't have enough information to understand, are sufficiently troubling to you, I suggest you find a talk therapist or some other source of compassionate professional help. You aren't going to find that here. Silly Season ended some years ago.
Edited at 2010-09-20 06:21 pm (UTC)