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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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The Education Committee of U.S. Grand Lodge provides a Google calendar which includes public events offered by an ever-growing number of U.S. local bodies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all O.T.O. activity is currently happening online. This means that you can attend events hosted by local bodies all over the country without leaving home.
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Agapé is the official newsletter of U.S. Grand Lodge. All issues of Agapé are now available on a new page on the U.S.G.L. main public website, replacing the former page on the library website. This change makes it much easier to access issues of Agapé from a mobile device.
All existing links to individual issues of Agapé are still valid. Links to the old Agapé overview page will redirect to the new one automatically.
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As announced on March 20 2020, all U.S. O.T.O. physical gatherings are on hold until further notice from the Grand Master. Until such notice is issued, in-person O.T.O. events remain prohibited, regardless of any relaxations of quarantine restrictions by civil authorities.
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The Spring 2020 EV issue of Agapé, the official newsletter of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available online (PDF document). This is a double issue, combining volume 19 numbers 3 and 4. All issues of Agapé are available here, including several published over the past two years which have only recently been made available online.
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The Convocation of Lovers scheduled for August 2020 in Cleveland has been indefinitely postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Those with hotel reservations for this event should cancel them. There should be no cancellation fee charged if you made a reservation at the Courtyard Cleveland Westlake using the conference reservation link.
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The in-person annual U.S. Grand Lodge Joint Meeting scheduled for July 2020 in Oakland CA has been canceled. Individual governing bodies will meet online; members of those bodies will receive further information.
A decision on whether the Convocation of Lovers scheduled for August 2020 in Cleveland OH will be canceled will be announced by April 30 2020.
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