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The U.S. Grand Lodge Diversity Education team, part of our Diversity Taskforce, is pleased to announce the availability of six educational modules addressing diversity and inclusion. This important milestone is aligned with one of our core values: “We believe that a membership free from unfair discrimination is essential to accomplishing our Mission, and reject doctrines that promote bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance.”
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Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the slow pace of immunization, we have, with much reluctance, decided to cancel our arrangements with the Denver hotel for NOTOCON XIII this year. If all goes well, NOTOCON XIII will be held at the same venue in the summer of 2023 ᴇᴠ. We will be skipping 2022 ᴇᴠ to keep with our odd-year history and to avoid interfering with other events scheduled for the summer of 2022 ᴇᴠ.
The Conference Committee is currently investigating various alternatives for online U.S.G.L. membership events this summer. We also encourage local bodies to continue scheduling their own online events throughout the year.
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James Wasserman, American writer and occultist, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18th 2020, surrounded by family.
Wasserman was born in 1948. After attending Antioch College, he spent several years traveling the U.S. in search of spiritual teaching, studying with various teachers of meditation and other occult disciplines. He settled in New York City in 1973 and began working at Samuel Weiser’s Bookstore, then the world’s largest English language occult specialist. In 1977, he left Weiser’s to establish Studio 31, offering full-service book production and graphic design.
In 1976, he joined Ordo Templi Orientis, having explored Aleister Crowley’s system of Scientific Illuminism. In 1979, he founded Tahuti Lodge, one of the oldest continuously operating O.T.O. lodges in the world.
He played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the literary corpus of Aleister Crowley. Three of the most important examples are:
- He supervised Weiser’s 1976 edition of The Book of the Law, in which the holograph manuscript was appended to the corrected typeset text of the O.T.O.’s 1938 publication. This was executed in conformity with the book’s instructions, the first time this was done in a popular volume.
- After several years of negotiation, he successfully arranged to professionally re-photograph the Crowley-Harris Tarot paintings for an improved second edition of the Thoth Tarot deck published in 1977, to which he contributed the Booklet of Instruction.
- In 1983, he helped to produce The Holy Books of Thelema, the critical collection of Crowley’s inspired (Class A) writings.
In addition to his interest in religion and creative mythology, he maintained an ardent passion for political and personal liberty. He was a devoted student of the United States Constitution, the writings of the Founding Fathers, and Libertarianism.
For more information on James Wasserman and his works, see the James Wasserman Books website.
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