➽ [Reading] ➿ Unity Uttermost Showed! By Ordo Templi Orientis ➲ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Unity Uttermost Showed offers a selection of papers from the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference NOTOCON of the United States Grand Lodge of O T O held in the Valley of Seattle W Unity Uttermost Showed offers a selection of papers from the seventh biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference NOTOCON of the United States Grand Lodge of O T O held in the Valley of Seattle Washington in EV The papers cover diverse topics including Enochian magick sacrifice in Aztec mythology the sacred geometry of an astral cathedral producing ritual theater personal responsibility in magick promulgation of the Law of Thelema textual analysis of The Book of the Law and Other highlights include the original ritual The Feast of Babalon and the address given by US National Grand Master Sabazius They represent some of best modern practical and scholarly work on Ordo Templi Orientis Thelema and the magick of Aleister CrowleyThe first NOTOCON conference took place in in Akron Ohio and has since been held on alternate years in different cities around the United States. The first book in this series was very good so I expected a lot from this one Unfortunately I was disappointed from the moment I picked it up and realised how slim a volume it was 126 thin pages with less than stellar print uality Not a good first impressionThe first 22 pages are given over to the schedule and bios of the original conference While I'm sure this is important from a historical persepctive for the general reader it's fairly pointless especially at the beginning of the book It could have been usefully added in as an Appendix or even replaced entirely by another essay instead of wasting the first 16 of the book That's a lot of chaff to wade through before getting to the real stuffThere are some very good articles here though I found most of the better ones to come later in the book; a strange editorial decision given the extensive intro section I was about halfway through the book before I really felt like I was getting anywhere For example another two pages get completely wasted reproducing the results of a wine tasting party which I'm sure is interesting to wine freaks but that's not really what most people will be buying this book forOnce the book gets going there are some very good articles Joseph Thiebes' piece on Promulgation of Thelema although I didn't agree with all his conclusions did give me food for thought Sabazius' address was as always excellent Colin Campbell's piece on the system of Dee was absolutely worth reading as was Bob Stein's piece on Liber XXXI The other pieces were of varying uality and relevance as is to be expected in a procedings book I guessAll in all this does contain much of interest though very much let down by the print uality and uneven presentation At the price charged however about 15 in the USA I can't really call it good value for money except as a souvenir to those who attended Overall disappointing if you haven't gotten the first one yet I'd recommend that one instead
- 104 pages
- Unity Uttermost Showed!
- Ordo Templi Orientis
- 20 May 2015 Ordo Templi Orientis