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.
2020/12/01Archaeologists Uncover 8 Mile Long Trove of Prehistoric Art Over 10,000 Years Old
The Guardian ran a feature on a huge trove of prehistoric art discovered in Colombia dating to at least 10,000 years ago. The article begins:
“Hailed as ‘the Sistine Chapel of the ancients’, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia.
“Their date is based partly on their depictions of now-extinct ice age animals, such as the mastodon, a prehistoric relative of the elephant that hasn’t roamed South America for at least 12,000 years. There are also images of the palaeolama, an extinct camelid, as well as giant sloths and ice age horses.
“These animals were all seen and painted by some of the very first humans ever to reach the Amazon. Their pictures give a glimpse into a lost, ancient civilisation. Such is the sheer scale of paintings that they will take generations to study.
“The discovery was made last year, but has been kept secret until now as it was filmed for a major Channel 4 series to be screened in December: Jungle Mystery: Lost Kingdoms of the Amazon.”
Thanks to Soror Amy, the new Deputy PIO for the tip!
2020/12/01The Greater Feast of the Prophet of the Lovely Star
“On 1 December 1947, Crowley died at Netherwood of chronic bronchitis aggravated by pleurisy and myocardial degeneration, aged 72. His funeral was held at a Brighton crematorium on 5 December; about a dozen people attended, and Louis Wilkinson read excerpts from the Gnostic Mass, The Book of the Law, and “Hymn to Pan”. The funeral generated press controversy, and was labelled a Black Mass by the tabloids. Crowley’s ashes were sent to Karl Germer in the US, who buried them in his garden in Hampton, New Jersey. – Wikipedia
2020/11/30Baphomet Chapter Presents Live Stream of The Bacchae
Baphomet Chapter Rose Croix, O.T.O. will be presenting a livestreamed production of The Bacchae of Euripides Saturday, 12 December 2020 e.v., 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific. This event is open to the public.
Login to Google Meet: https://tinyurl.com/Bacchae-1212
Audio: +1 337-346-2406 / PIN: 932 812 276#
Written by the Athenian playwright Euripides sometime around 400 BCE, The Bacchae is considered by some to be one of the greatest tragic plays, ancient or modern.
The play tells the story of the punishment of King Pentheus of Thebes by Dionysus, the god of wine, wild women, and divine madness.
In revenge for Thebes’ slander that he is not the son of Zeus, and for Pentheus’ refusal to allow his rites to be celebrated, Dionysus proves his divinity to all through a series of miracles — and Pentheus’ gruesome punishment at the hands of his own mother.
The production will feature both O.T.O. and non-O.T.O. cast members. It is based on the translation by Donald Sutherland (c) 1967 University of Nebraska Press
Directed and with additional edits by Christeos Pir, 2020 e.v.
2020/11/30The Program of the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi OrientisThe 2019 annual report of the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis has been published. A link to this and preceding reports is posted at:
An excerpt reads:
The Program of the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis is as follows:
1. To create, maintain, and promote a structured society of men and women within the United States of America, who are united by their acceptance of the Law of
Thelema, by a common interest in Magick, Yoga, and Hermetic Science, by the common experience of ceremonial initiation and sacramental ritual, by common
pledges of fidelity, cooperation, and mutual aid, and by certain common ideals, namely: individual liberty; self-discipline; self-knowledge; universal brotherhood;
and opposition to tyranny, superstition, and oppression.
2. To manage and govern this society in substantial conformance with the principles set forth in the writings of Aleister Crowley and other historical leaders of Ordo
Templi Orientis, with the approval and under the authorization of the International Headquarters of Ordo Templi Orientis, and in such a way as to ensure its continued
survival and promote its continual growth and advancement.
3. To provide certain benefits to the members of this society, including, but not limited to: participation in sacramental rituals; social community and entertainment; pastoral guidance and mediation of disputes; instruction in Hermetic Science, Yoga, and Magick; and opportunities for creative expression, community service, and development of beneficial social and professional relationships.
4. To preserve and advance the principles and practices of the religious, philosophical, and magical system of Thelema, and to promote the principles of individual liberty
and universal brotherhood.
5. To conserve and manage books, documents, and other properties of historical or practical value which it may possess.
6. To establish physical centers of activity for the society in diverse locations throughout the United States of America.
2020/11/27$300 Tax Deduction For Donating to USGL or Local OTO BodyVere Chappell posted on his FB feed:“US OTO members: dues paid to your local body and to Grand Lodge are eligible for this deduction. Even if you didn’t get to deduct your dues in previous years, you will be able to get a deduction of up to $300 on your taxes next year if you give before December 31.