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.
- A Feast for the Autumn Equinox
Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty!
There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.
A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride!
A feast for the three days of the writing of the Book of the Law.
A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet – secret, O Prophet!
A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods.
A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a greater feast for death!
A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture!
A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight! –Liber AL, II:34-43
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette
- Pumpkin Risotto
- Butternut Squash and Kale Torte
- Pork Chops with Apple Cider Pan Sauce
- Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts
- Persimmon Bread
- Pumpkin Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle
Interested in learning more about the Autumn Equinox observances?
- Keith Readdy’s “One Truth and One Spirit” Coming in November
One Truth and One Spirit is a new book by Keith Readdy being published November 1. It’s Amazon Page states:
“Based upon academic research at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, One Truth and One Spirit is a much-needed work that covers a previously unexplored history of the modern religious movement known as Thelema. This work details the theoretical framework of Aleister Crowley’s spiritual legacy in the O.T.O. and the A?A? and covers the years of Thelema since Crowley’s death in 1947.
“One Truth and One Spirit approaches a complex topic with a complex history, with exhaustive citations and sources, but it is written for anyone interested in the subject of Thelema. The author utilizes published source material as well as previously unavailable information, which makes this a unique contribution to the available literature.
“One Truth and One Spirit is expected to be of interest to the novice, the scholar, and the seasoned practitioner of Thelema. The work provides a general historical overview of Thelema from a theoretical vantage point, explores the historical development of the movement from the 1960s to the 1990s, and applies the author’s own critical discussions on the topic itself.”
Occult author Richard Kaczynski had this to say about it:
“Keith Readdy has alchemically united his passion for Aleister Crowley’s A.’.A.’. and O.T.O. with his academic training in Western esotericism. He tackles the thorny question of whether Thelema is a religion, a spirituality or a philosophy. He summarizes the evolution of Thelemic doctrine in the teachings of both Crowley and modern-day exponents like J. Daniel Gunther and Fratres Shiva and Phanes. He recounts the convoluted history of Thelema since Crowley’s death—no easy feat! And he analyzes the role of publishing as *the* vehicle for preserving and promulgating the message of Aleister Crowley as the prophet of Thelema. It’s rare for a book to offer something for everyone, but One Truth and One Spirit packs in so many thought-provoking details that anyone with an interest in Aleister Crowley or Thelema will encounter valuable insights throughout its pages.”
- Beyoncé Accused of “Extreme Witchcraft”
TheBlast has posted a news story noting that a musician who’d apparently worked with Beyoncé is accusing her using occult arts to persecute her. I would like to remind y’all that neither the accused nor her husband is now or ever has never been a member of O.T.O. Honest. The posted story begins:
“A woman who once worked as a drummer for Beyoncé claims the singer is wrapped up in the practices of ‘extreme witchcraft’ and has been using her spells to run surveillance and control her finances, and now she wants a restraining order against Bey.
“According to very bizarre court documents obtained by The Blast, Kimberly Thompson says she used to work for Beyoncé: ‘I worked for her as her drummer for her band for 7 years.’”
Read the whole schmeggegee here: https://theblast.com/beyonce-restraining-order-former-drummer-witchcraft-dark-magic/.
And Pitchfork posted a story about TheBlast story, so it MUST be true!
- The Feast of Saint Vergilius
Tomorrow, September 21, is the Feast of Saint Vergilius, also known as Vergil or Virgil. If you studied Ancient Latin, you are probably familiar with his works. The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius tells us: “A poet of Rome under the Emperor Augustus, Vergil was the author of two collections of scholarly, beautiful, and prophetic poems, the Eclogues and the Georgics; but was most famous for the great epic, The Aeneid, an account of the wanderings of the Trojan prince Aeneas after the Trojan War. Vergil was born in Northern Italy, grew up on his father’s farm, and was educated at Cremona, Milan, Rome and Naples.”
In honor of Saint Vergilius, we recommend you try these Six Ancient Roman Recipes. These are all tasty, but the Libum is particularly delicious! The NOVA website also offers some Roman recipes you may enjoy.
Want to learn more about Vergilius?
- Thelemic Themed Novel The Secret of The Red Truck
Kyler James novel The Secret Of The Red Truck was published some four years ago and is still selling strongly. The narrative is interwoven with Thelemic themes and non-secret details of O.T.O. ritual and practice. The Amazon page for the novel states:
In a nameless town and a nameless country, The Secret of the Red Truck tells the story of Micky, a possible schizophrenic who finds God, his sister Viagra, a sensitive beauty who finds art, and a hot truck driver, Dave, who finds himself in a dangerous predicament. Through their misadventures and ensuing love triangle, our anti-heroes search for the answers, all hidden in the back of the Big Red Truck. If you think you know your mind, think again–but don’t think too hard. You might lose it after finally discovering…The Secret of the Red Truck.