October 25, 2012 TOLS

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Last weekend, which came seven months after our Temple inaugurated, was a significant step forward for us. David Shoemaker’s talk on Initiation and the Path of Return drew what (if memory serves honestly) was the largest audience for a Thelemic lecture in Toronto in 15 years. The level of interest, underlined by the number of books of Jane Wolfe’s and Phyllis Seckler’s writings that were sold, was as high as I’ve ever seen it. We’re extremely grateful to David for making the trip from Sacramento to speak, as well as for all the help he offered us behind the scenes over the weekend.

While we take pains to explain that the Temple of Our Lady of the Stars is not the A.’.A.’., we do offer a training that, for those so inclined, can be a preparation for that order. Through our connection to the College of Thelema of Northern California, of which David is the Chancellor, we can funnel students to A.’.A.’. when they’re ready. But – and this is why the College was established initially, back in the 1970s – A.’.A.’.places arduous demands on its members, and time spent in an order such as TOLS is invaluable for smoothing the way. In the US, our sister order, the Temple of the Silver Star, provides the same service.

The past weekend also saw further growth in TOLS’ membership as we opened the portal of Initiation yet again. While seven months is hardly a long timespan for any fraternity, several of us noted that we seemed to have attained a firmer footing in what we’re doing, and that we’re past the first hurdles in establishing ourselves. Whatever happens from now on, we have the foundation of our Temple in place, and its direction set.

It’s up to us to make the best use of it, for ourselves and also for those who feel called to explore the road with us.

Love is the law, love under will,

Edward Mason

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