Zero Equals Two is a blog on magical news and culture sponsored by U.S. Grand Lodge, O.T.O. A diverse collective of contributors comb the worlds of magick, art, science, history, philosophy, and more every day for articles and events of interest to Thelemites and other modern free-thinkers and explorers, collecting them on this blog for your enjoyment.
- The Views of Amy Hale vs. Sarah Anne Lawless on Neo-Paganism
Amy Hale is an anthropologist and writer specializing in the occult, the esoteric and other liminal people, places, and things. She serve ass the Co-Chair of the Contemporary Pagan Studies Unit of the American Academy of Religion conference, which is the largest conference of scholars of religion in the world. She recently posted a critique of Sarah Anne Lawless’s essay “For Sale: Neopaganism ‘As Is’” which appears to be catching folks’ attention. So
Here’s Sarah Anne Lawless’s piece: http://sarahannelawless.com/2018/11/12/for-sale-neopaganism-as-is/.
Thought provoking reading for your Monday night!
- The Feast of Saint Adam Weishaupt
“The 18th-Century German thinker Adam Weishaupt would have been stunned if he had known his ideas would one day fuel global conspiracy theories, and inspire best-selling novels and blockbuster films,” says National Geographic. “Until he was 36, the vast majority of his compatriots would have been equally stunned to discover that this outwardly respectable professor was a dangerous enemy of the state, whose secret society, the Illuminati, was seen to threaten the very fabric of society.”
Yesterday, 18 November, was the Feast of Saint Adam Weishaupt. While he is best known as a founder of the Illuminati, he was also a philosopher and a professor. American founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were familiar with, and may have been influenced by his work. Crowley considered him a Master of the Temple. Weishaupt was born 6 February 1748 in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, and died 18 November 1830 in Gotha.
In honor of Weishaupt, here is a Bavarian recipe that will warm you up on a chilly night.
Grieß Suppe (Farina Soup)
- 3 tbs butter
- 4 tbs farina
- 1 tbs flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 qt boiling water
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
Melt butter, add farina and flour and brown until golden in color, stirring constantly. Stir into rapidly boiling salted water and then simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool slightly, then add beaten egg yolk. Stir well and serve.
Want to learn more about Adam Weishaupt?
- New Coil Merch Available From Dais Recordings
Dais Recordings is announcing the release of a new line of Coil merch.
NEW COIL SHIRTS, ENAMEL PIN & BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT ART PRINT SET OUT NOW
We’re excited to announce that our official collection of Coil apparel and merch has arrived. Longsleeve shirts, tees and totes feature the ELpH design inside of the original sticker type from the Glitch 10”. “This is a sidereal sound recording untouched by human hands.” The longsleeve has the “100% recycled sound” logo down the right sleeve with “worship the glitch” down the right. We also offer a large “ELpH” enamel pin, and a very limited (38 total) Black Light District hand numbered art print set.
- Veteran of Coil and Psychic TV Releasing New Solo Album
Dais Records has announced the release of a new album from former Coil and Psychic TV member Drew McDowall. The label’s newsletter says:
“For this third release on Dais, Drew McDowall reaches into concept, ritual, and immersion, in an exercise of unravelling the DNA of hallucination. The Third Helix is McDowall’s product of deconstructive exploration, twisting the fibers of being into new structure, shape, pattern, and pulse, without reconstituting its inscribed template.
“The result is a true ‘third act,’ in McDowall’s career, that has seen him peregrinate from the late-’70s art-punk of the trio Poems to his work with Psychic TV and Coil throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, into his current home of New York City, where he has composed with CSD, Compound Eye, as well his solo work. That triangulation is central to The Third Helix, as it begins with his dive into the existence of a sensory toolkit unique to McDowall before twisting faculties and reconfiguring consciousness by honoring inherent power, cognizant of memory yet agnostic of context.
“With the tenet that journey is rarely linear, but rather an omnipresent oscillation of matter, sound is stripped to salient and primal, propelled by McDowall’s boring into the core of memory and impulse, suturing together the silent awareness of excogitating experience.
“Featuring eight new tracks of McDowall’s dark, experimental electronics, including the opener “Rhizome”, The Third Helix is a churning descent into emotion, provoking thought and reflection while carving out haunting space only to fill it with baffling and wondrous structures of layered sound. McDowall solidifies himself as an architect who transforms otherworldly materials into something fascinating and challenging in the process.
“Unnerving, trancelike anthems for nervous meditation and anxious relaxation. Fans of Coil will immediately connect and immerse, while the complex compositions are a welcome listen for drone and ambient enthusiasts.
“The Third Helix is out now on digital and standard black vinyl LP, as well as limited edition clear vinyl (100 copies), translucent red vinyl (400 copies) and translucent amber (500 copies). Packaged within a thick sturdy matte sleeve jacket featuring artwork/design by artist J.S. Aurelius (Ascetic House/Marshstepper).
Drew McDowall The Third Helix LP / DIGITAL https://www.daisrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/drew-mcdowall-the-third-helix-lp.
- The Feast of Saint Jacob Boehme
According to Tau Polyphilus, tomorrow, November 17 is the Feast of Saint Jacob Boehme. The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius tells us that “Boehme was a German Protestant mystic and philosophical theologian,” adding:
Boehme stressed the value of individual religious experience in his teachings. “As the many kinds of flowers grow in the earth near each other, and none contends with the other about color, smell, or taste, but they let the earth and the sun, rain and wind, heat and cold, do what they will with them, while they grow each according to its own nature, so it is with the children of God.”
Boehme was born in Alt Seidenberg, which now is Stary Zawidów in Poland. In honor of Boehme’s home, here are some recipes from Polska Foods for a feast you may enjoy:
- Red Cabbage Salad Recipe
- Vegetable Barley Soup (Krupnik)
- Pierogi with Garlicky Green Beans
- Artichokes in Wine
- Sautéed Wild Mushrooms
- Farmer’s Cheese Spread
- Polish Pork Cutlets
- Roasted Duck
- Healthy Baked Cod
- Plum Cake
- Sweet Cheese Nalesniki