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Jane Wolfe and the Abbey of Thelema

  • Mar 2, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Jane Wolfe (1875–1958) was an American silent film character actress, magician and Thelemite.

In 1918, Jane Wolfe began corresponding with the English author and occultist Aleister Crowley, and two years later she gave up her career in Hollywood to join Crowley at his "Abbey of Thelema" at Cefalù, Sicily, living there from 1920 until it closed in 1923. There she kept records about her magical practice.

Wolfe is considered an important female figure in magick as, in addition to her friendship and work with Crowley, she took part in the founding of the Agape Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis in southern California as well as being its lodge master. She was also the teacher of Phyllis Seckler, one of the founders of the Temple of Thelema.

The Abbey of Thelema was a temple and spiritual centre founded by Aleister Crowley and Leah Hirsig in Cefalù, Sicily in 1920. It was a magical school and retreat, in line with the AA course of training, and included daily adorations to the sun, a study of Crowley's writings, regular yogic and ritual practices (which were to be recorded). The object was for students to devote themselves to the Great Work of discovering and manifesting their True Will.

We will discuss the program of the Abbey of Thelema, and Jane Wolfe’s life, and watch a couple of excerpts from her movies.

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  • Tamara W.

    We had a great time.

    March 3, 2014

  • Tilly

    Thought I could make it. But my father passed away Tuesday. And I'm sti not ready.

    March 2, 2014

    • Tamara W.

      I am sorry for your loss. It takes time.

      March 3, 2014

  • Rachel K.

    Very sorry not to make it. I know you will have a great time.

    March 1, 2014

    • Tamara W.

      We will miss you, Rachel.

      March 2, 2014

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