New York, Sept. 15, 1951
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I'm trying out this new typewriter, I'll probably make a lot of
mistakes. Lucy arrived a few days ago, after a rough passage, with
everybody severely seasick. She brought the typewriter safely.
Thanks [sic] you for your interesting letter. There are lots of things
I've to to say. In the first place I'm glad you met Lekve, and that you
were satisfied with the meeting. He, too, wrote me an enthusiastic
letter. - I also liked the letter you wrote Paragranus. It will be up
to him now to decide whether he wants to visit you or not. On the whole
nothing is better than a personal meeting. Many types of men cannot
convey their true nature by letters. In fact, they might be misleading.
I'll be interested to hear further about this.
Now I'll come to the O!T!O. [sic] and your questions. I think you know
that I am not familiar with O!T!O! [sic] ritual nor with many of the
rules. In fact I have the rituals here, and yet have never studied
them. I am not boasting the fact. It i sonly that ritual never appealed
to me; I believe I even have an aversion to it.
A.C. knew this. He initiated me into the IX as long ago as 1925 or
1926, to be more correct. I never went through any lower degrees -
probably to my great loss! - I am really waiting for somebody to give
me the idea back of the system and the structure of the whole by
conversation, some day. But here is the vital point: A.C. long ago
discareded the strict progress from grade to grade when he had personal
contact and considered the candidate worthy.
No: there was no test involved! I meant it as simply as I'm writing now
at greater leisure. Lekve is worthy. He has proved it by his work in
hundreds of ways. We must look at essentials, not at formalism. As to
the IXth itself, may-be he might divine the ultimate secret himself if
he were a little prepared for it. A.C. in many cases led candidates
toward it, and when he found that they had grasped it he took from them
the pledge or oath as per various vv. in Al, 220, such as I,51, "but
always unto me". So, my suggestion - it is nothing but that! - still
stands. If you should meet L. again, go as far as you see fit, and
there is no limit. The question is only: is this Work in the line of
L.'s T.W.? That is what he'd have to decide for himself. (You will find
references to this point in Liber Aleph.) Nor would you need a formal
Charter from me. The object is progress of the Work. This can only be
done if you can utilise your presence in Germany. Once you should have
left, the chance is passed. Ergo: these remarks refer to Metzger too. I
do hope he will come and visit you.
One word about Lekve and his girl friend Ruth. While I go very far in
respect to L., I'd suggest caution with regard to Ruth. You can go to
the III° in any case, and then leave it to L. to give her further
I'll send you two copies of Liber Legis again: I was sure I had sent
you some two weeks ago. - It is a pity that you have not received
further instructions in the O.T.O. from WTS or Jane. Jane has just
recently used her own judgment, amounting to inspiration, and prepared
one of her students for the III° by going through the rituals and then
putting up the formal ceremony at WTS's home, which came off splendidly
with deep magical impact. That is really a side which should appeal to
you: to do such ceremonies of initiation with real magical effect.
A.C. always insisted on this: the ceremony must be well prepared; each
officer must know his part absolutely by heart; there must be genuine
drama and deep meaning in it so that the ritual can operate as a
r[illegible] initiation. It is in Jane's line, that's why she likes it,
and se[illegible] to have been the only one whose cooperation in an
initiation works. WTS must be very good at it too, because he knows how
to do it.
I do not have the passwords for the rituals. Jane wrote up for me years
ago the various gestures, passwords, grips, etc. for the grades up to,
I think the IV°; i have been looking for them, and just can not put my
hands on them at the moment.
If you were here in the USA it would, of course, be the best thing
[illegible] it could be managed that you could go to California, stay
there for [a] while and with W.T.S. and Jane, and some others, would be
passed that th[illegible] the grades as far as possible and learn all
the tricks of the trade from them. A.C. at some occasions though that
this type of work: Initiation through Ritual might be obsolete, or at
least, not be the fit form for this present period of Life, and that I
might want to [illegible] some entirely new method. Well, I don't know.
At present I would [illegible] know. In any case I would not want the
tradition to be lost.
Metzger: He must be the heir of a genuine tradition, deriving directly
from Reuss. So we can't judge him so easily. And I have reasons to
believe that he is being led directly to us. If you feel, on meeting
him, that he is allright, give him our Rituals. (He has the rituals,
the German form from Reuss' follower.) I can't accept Lekve's judgment.
It is not always reliable. Besides, Metzger is young.
Yorke wrote that Birven (Dr. Henri Birven, Berlin) "is running a week
lecture on A.C. I send you a prospectus. I expet it is mostly rot". If
you hear about this, let me know. I also heard that Grosche (Eugen
Grosche, Riesa-Berlin) has started O!T.O. [sic]-Lodge activities again.
I do not know from whom he can claim authority: perhaps from Traenker.
Metzger should know more about this.
Now about yourself: I think, personally, that it would be foolish to
lose your U.S. citicenship. You would have a year's solid work of
putting all of the material in order. There is lots that you have never
dreamt of. At this moment I can't help financially: we are all broke.
But: as I told you, I have started a new business and it looks
promising, it is very likely that I may be making several thousand
dollars per month beginning January. If so, finance would be no
problem (In addition to that there is this California gift, of which I
have a half share transferred to me, worth $15,000. But it takes time
to dis[illegible] of it, and then people don't pay cash in full. Things
for the Work seems to be looking up.) Tell me by return: what your Will
is in this matter of return; what your problems are; what we can do;
what the deadline is; etc. If it is true that you'd have to return
before Dec 1, we have to hurry. - As seen from here, the war is
inevitable; its outbreak may be retarded till 1952 or 1953, but it is
bound to come. I do not say that the U!S. [sic] is a safe country then.
But the material happens to be here, and must be listed, catalogued,
many things copied and distributed to other places. And the time is
I'll close now. I am overworked, and tired. Write me soon.
Love is the law, lover under will.
See also the Biography
of Frederic Mellinger, the Biography of Frederic
Lekve and the Song of the
Context of Mellinger's report on Metzger: Thelema in
Of a similar nature: "Collections
of Re-Collections" where 36 thelemites recall 'how they became
member' or remember other experiences with HOOR, the Society O.T.O.,
the F.R.A., the 'Caliphate', the OTOF, etc.
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