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Sappho: Thelemic Saint of the Ancient Pagan World

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

Thelemic Saints of the Ancient Pagan World

Sappho and Hypatia

The Thelemic Mass is a distinctive ritual of Temple of Thelema based on A.'.A.'. Liber XV: Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica Canon Missae (written by Aleister Crowley in 1913). Crowley sought to create a Mass specifically based on The Book of the Law and conveying its truths in a vehicle of popular religion. He succeeded beautifully. The result was Liber XV.

Unfortunately, he also wrote it to include distinctive symbols, and even confidential signs and tokens, of one organization of which he then was a senior officer (O.T.O.). Besides compromising that fraternity’s privacy, it also made the Mass overly narrow IF THE GOAL WAS TO REACH THE MOST DIVERSE COMMUNITY.

Temple of Thelema, many years ago, undertook a modest rewrite. About 93% of our Mass is Crowley’s sublime original. The other 7% is our distinctive contribution.

One of the purposes of the rewrite is to further equilibrate the balance between gender energies in the Mass: Social standards on this issue, thankfully, have shifted in the 90 years since Liber XV was crafted. One aspect of this was to include female saints along as well as male saints.

There have been requests for more information on who the 70 saints of the Thelemic Mass are. Tonight we will focus one of the female saints from the ancient Pagans: The Greek poet Sappho. We will conclude with a poetry reading.

Love is the law, love under will.


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    A former member

    One of the best meetings we ever had. The poetry reading was fabulous! Nice feeling of community.

    January 9, 2012

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