This is the article i wrote for my local O.T.O body here in New South Wales Australia.
Hope you all enjoy the read!
"In the East, that is, in the direction of Boleskine, which is situated on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland, two miles east of Foyers, is a shrine or High Altar." — Liber XV
"Set up my image in the East; thou shalt buy thee an image which I will show thee, especial, not unlike the one thou knowest." — Liber AL, III:21
The east is the direction of the rising sun, the dawning light. In Latin , east means Oriens, which means “rising” and was the housing of the sun god. The east symbolized paradise in medieval Europe. For this reason map makers place the east at the top of their maps, hence the term orientation.
For me coming from a background as a practising witch, and as a Freemason the east is the most important aspect of my working and denotes where I begin and where I finish. In freemasonry the east is where the master’s chair is situated in and is referred to as the east, or grand east. In witchcraft the east is the starting day, enlightenment, the situation of my altar.
Now since I have began to practice thelema and thelemic rituals I have begun to notice the east is not the east that I have referred to, or come accustomed to practice with.
In the Lesser Pentagram and Hexagram rituals, the Star Ruby, the Star Sapphire, Liber Pryamidos, the Gnostic Mass and many other rituals, Thelemic, Hermetic and otherwise, the Magician begins the ritual facing East; but the east of the thelemic ritual is not necessarily the east of the compass. In the Canon of the Gnostic Catholic Mass (Liber XV), the east is defined “the direction of Boleskine.” In Liber V vel Reguli, the magician is directed to “turn his face towards Boleskine, that is the house of the beast 666” In chapter 23 of Magick Without Tears he says, “remember that your “East”, your Kiblah, is Boleskine House.
So that raises for me another question, what is the Kiblah? Why is our “east” to be Boleskine? So I read over The Book Of The Law hoping I might find something in there that would be help to point me in the way of research. This is what I found.
"Get the stélé of revealing itself; set it in thy secret temple - and that temple is already aright disposed - & it shall be your Kiblah for ever." — Liber AL, III:10
"They shall worship thy name, foursquare, mystic, wonderful, the number of the man; and the name of thy house 418." — Liber AL, II:78
"But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place." — Liber AL III:34.
All this did for me was raise more questions to which I still didn’t have the answers too.
The Arabic word Qiblah, or “Kiblah,” refers to the holiest shrine of Islam. At the center of the courtyard of the Great Mosque at Mecca is a stone building called the Ka’abah (cube) or the Bayt-Ullah (House of God).
The term Qiblah denotes not only the physical location of the Kaaba, but also, and more importantly, the direction to which a Muslim turns his face to pray from wherever he may be standing on the face of the Earth. All mosques are aligned with the Kiblah, which is indicated within each mosque by an empty niche, called the mihrab. The word Qiblah is derived from the Arabic root Qabala, which means “to be opposite.”
The Kiblah, then, represents the focal point of the magical current of a religious system. The reservoir of magickal energy which can be drawn upon by all who devote themselves to its mysteries. Most religious systems include a similar concept. Christianity and Judaism have their Jerusalem or Mount Sinai, the Greeks had their Mount Olympus or the Omphalos at Delphi. Thelema has its Boleskine.
In the Thelemic system, the word “Kiblah” refers to the Stèle of Revealing. The Stèle was originally housed at the manor of Boleskine, situated on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland, 2 miles east of Foyers, 17 miles from Inverness. The manor, which was the Prophet’s home at the time, is usually known simply as Boleskine. Translated into Hebrew, Boleskine is BVLShKIN, which enumerates to 418.
The Stèle of Revealing represents the Dawn of the Thelemic Light, and as such, defines the Thelemic East. The current location of the Stèle which was originally located at Boleskine is unknown.
The location of Boleskine House is to be the center of power for thelema, and is to continue to for the duration of the Aeon of Horus, regardless of the physical stele or of the house itself. This means that O.T.O Lodges, Profess – Houses and Gonstic Mass temples are to be oriented towards Boleskine. A replica of the Stele of Revealing is to be placed at the highest point on the super altar in the “east” of each temple consecrated to the Gnostic Mass.
The Stele in the Mass temple is to act as a link through which we may attune ourselves with the energies of the thelemic current where the visible world at the “invisible house” located at Boleskine. The orientation of the stele towards the Kiblah of Boleskine symbolizes alignment with the thelemic current, and magically insures a strong unbroken link with its energies.
Although, it is rarely possible to align the Temple precisely with the Kiblah. The link can be reinforced by the magician with practising the rituals of Liber V or Liber XXV, or the Lesser Banishing Ritual Pentagram, in which the magician begins the ritual by facing the stele and “magical east”
To find the magical east here in Sydney the directions are.
28 Deg. W From N
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