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z2square200Zero 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.

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  • Crowleymas Feast!
    2019/10/11

    Crowley's Rice RecipeTomorrow is Crowleymas, the official unofficial celebration of Aleister Crowley’s birthday. Born 144 years ago today to a wealthy Plymouth Brethren family in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Edward Alexander Crowley is known to some as the “wickedest man in the world.” More rational minds know him as Perdurabo, To Mega Therion, Baphomet, and the prophet of Thelema.

    In honor of Crowley’s birthday, please enjoy this delicious recipe: Riz Aleister Crowley. Even better, enjoy it as it’s intended, with curry!

  • Update on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s Medical Condition
    2019/10/11

    Here’s an update from Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s current medical condition, from her FB feed:

    We have been meaning to update everyone on my illness. In April we had exploratory surgery. They cut a 6 inch incision between my ribs on my right side and forced thee ribs apart. Took samples ov tissue from my lungs and heart and inserted tubes to suck our thick viscous fluid that was reducing my lung capacity to around 35%.
    We have never experienced such pain as after we woke from thee general anaesthetic!!! We were screaming as we came around. In thee I.C.U. we were on high doses ov Fentenyl and morphine, with lidocaine around my wounds. On a scale ov one to ten thee pain was still ELEVEN…

    It took almost 3 months for thee wounds to heal butter left me with coum cool scars, and SADLY two ruptured breast implants leaking silicone  We don’t know if those were connected to thee surgery in any way. My leaking implants are problematic and need removing and replacing to remove one more negative stress on my system. Needless to say we have no funds for this surgery which might really help my breathing. If you really want to assist my coumtinuing stabilising of my condition this is a perfect momeant to add to my Go Fund Me set up by Chandra Shuckla. Thee leakage is most likely affecting my breathing.

    Sadly all these months later my breathing is still severely reduced. Still around 35% ov my capacity. My heart has coum calcification, butter so far is still pumping quite well.

    My weekly blood tests showed a gradual unwelcoum decline in my levels. So we have been put on intravenus chemo now. Originally it was 3 days chemo every 4-5 weeks. However my levels have not improved after 3 months so today we began a new regimen ov FIVE daze chemo every TWO weeks !!!

    My closest friends like Roxy and Alice and Leigha and Jarrett have been taking turns minding me during thee chemo as we must have coumone watching over me 24×7 during those daze.

    Our One True TOPI Tribe coumtinues to protect and nurture me. Which includes all ov you. Your loving support has been incredible. On darkest days we remember how my great dream ov an autonomous tribe that coalesces when needed from a place ov generosity. Thank you and my chosen famille.

    Caresse and Genesse live 3000 miles away in California. Yet they too have made supreme efforts to be here caregiving when their lives allow it.

    We have an oxygenator, thanks to thee GoFundMe. Which is thee only reason we can walk outside my apartment at all. Thank you all for this. It is LITERALLY a life saver. Despite having that, to walk to my corner store we have to walk very very slowly and pause 2 or 3 times to regulate my breathing enough to walk coum more. It’s only about 140 metres to thee store altogether. Believe me it really sucks to be tethered to a heavy machine and tube to be able to breathe most of every day.

    Summarising. We are fighting to remain relatively stable. Coum ov my symptoms are still a “mystery” to quote my Drs. Any donations are desparately needed.We are hoping this might help my breathing.

    On Lady Jaye’s Memorial Day, her TENTH ANNIVERSARY ov dropping her body. We send you all BIG L-ov-E and dreams.

    Genesis

  • Thelema, NOW! Interviews 2 Legendary UK Musicians About Sympathy For The Beast
    2019/10/10

    Thelema, NOW! host Harper Feist talks to Jon Povey & Marco Conti, the minds behind the album Sympathy For The Beast: Songs From the Poems of Aleister Crowley. This album is from Twink & the Technicolour Dream, being released by the British label, Sunbeam.
    The album features two legendary figures from British 60’s rock, namely Twink (ex Tomorrow, Pretty Things, Pink Fairies, Hawkwind, etc.), and Jon Povey (ex Pretty Things) and the band Technicolour Dream.  Check it out! And find out more at https://thinkpink50th.bandcamp.com/album/sympathy-for-the-beast-songs-from-the-poems-of-aleister-crowley

    You can stream, DL, etc. here: https://oto-usa.org/main/podcast/

  • Hunter’s Moon this Sunday
    2019/10/10

    The Hunter’s Moon is the full moon following the Harvest Moon and the one closest to the autumnal equinox. The moon gets its name because it occurs at the time of the year when the leaves have fallen and time to hunt begins. According to Newsweek, this year’s Hunter’s Moon will reach its peak on Sunday, October 13 at 5:08 p.m. EDT.

    This might be a good time to do a lunar working. You can also celebrate with a feast, which is its own magick.

    Hunter’s Stew

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
    • 1 pound cubed pork stew meat
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
    • 1 (16 ounce) jar sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
    • 1/4 cup dry red wine
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tsp dried basil
    • 1 tsp dried marjoram
    • 1 tbs sweet paprika
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
    • 1/8 tsp caraway seed, crushed
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 ounce dried mushrooms
    • 1 dash bottled hot pepper sauce
    • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
    • 5 cups beef stock
    • 2 tbs canned tomato paste
    • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes

    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and kielbasa; cook and stir until the bacon has rendered its fat and sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat and transfer to a large casserole or Dutch oven.
    2. Coat the cubes of pork lightly with flour and fry them in the bacon drippings over medium-high heat until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to the casserole. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, fresh mushrooms, cabbage and sauerkraut. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until the carrots are soft, about 10 minutes. Do not let the vegetables brown.
    3. Deglaze the pan by pouring in the red wine and stirring to loosen all of the bits of food and flour that are stuck to the bottom. Season with the bay leaf, basil, marjoram, paprika, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute.
    4. Mix in the dried mushrooms, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, tomato paste and tomatoes. Heat through just until boiling. Pour the vegetables and all of the liquid into the casserole dish with the meat. Cover with a lid.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until meat is very tender.

    (Source: AllRecipes)

    While you’re preparing the stew, why not enjoy this cocktail?

    Learn more about the Hunter’s Moon:

  • Something in the stars? Art world goes spiritual
    2019/10/10

    Artworks left to right
    all by Mélanie Matranga and dated 2019
    Passive Aggressive Astrology (Saggitarius)
    Passive Aggressive Astrology (Aquarius)
    Passive Aggressive Astrology (Scorpio)

     

    Something in the stars? Art world goes spiritual

    With artists and galleries embracing the new age, is there a commercial pull, too?

    Spirituality is on trend. Tarot, the occult, astrology, meditation apps, crystals—as political turmoil surrounds us, interest in “new age spiritualism” is booming. And this week, the esoteric is in the ascendant at Frieze and in numerous exhibitions around London.

     

    Damien Hirst
    Radiance, 2018
    White Cube

     

    “I think today people realise that science doesn’t have the answers, religion doesn’t have the answers, art doesn’t have the answers…we need a hybrid that takes a bit of everything in order to find something to believe in,” says Damien Hirst, whose exhibition of mandalas, ritual geometric patterns used for meditation, at White Cube (until 2 November) had visitors queueing around the block when it opened last month. While Hirst—who has dwelt upon spiritualism and religion his whole career—says such works do not reflect any beliefs he may have, he observes: “Everybody’s on the lookout for something that can get them through the darkness.”

     

    SHANA MOULTON, The Waterfall of Grief, 2019, exhibition view Zabludowicz Collection, London. Courtesy the artist and Zabludowicz Collection. Photo: Tim Bowditc

    see full article @ The Art Newspaper

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