To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass [NOOK Book]

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Aleister Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass in 1913. He described it as the central ritual, public and private, of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). It is a mythic hymn to the wedding of scientific truth and religious aspiration; the celebrant is encouraged to leave superstition and dogma at the door and join in an ecstatic tribute to the glorious nature of reality. The Gnostic Mass offers a truly modern spirituality and it is being ...
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To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass

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Overview


Aleister Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass in 1913. He described it as the central ritual, public and private, of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). It is a mythic hymn to the wedding of scientific truth and religious aspiration; the celebrant is encouraged to leave superstition and dogma at the door and join in an ecstatic tribute to the glorious nature of reality. The Gnostic Mass offers a truly modern spirituality and it is being performed on a regular basis throughout the civilized world. 

The authors—both longtime O.T.O. members and consecrated bishops of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholicae (EGC)—share between them over half a century of practicing the Mass. Their passionate devotion to the rite was rewarded in 2006 with an important, long-sought insight into the complex geometry of the ritual. In 2009, they published their research in the first edition of this book. Based on a continuing series of understandings, an even more accurate second edition was created in 2010. This third and final edition solves remaining subtleties in the choreography of the five officers and the overall conclusion of the rite. 

The detailed instructions presented here not only provide the missing performance keys to the geometrical puzzle of the Mass, but offer a window into the wider workings of magical ritual.  


James Wasserman first performed the role of Priest in 1979. In 1992 he and Nancy Wasserman performed the most widely attended Mass in the history of the ritual—with a congregation of some 500 people at the Harry Smith Memorial at St. Marks Church in New York City. James is the author of In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 and the editor of Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary. Nancy is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971887060
  • Publisher: Sekmet Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised, Expanded
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 920,336
  • File size: 703 KB

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James Wasserman has been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis sincer 1976. He has been described as a "founding father" of the modern O.T.O. and has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of Aleister Crowley's literary corpus. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He has appeared in numerous documentaries on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, addressed the National Press Club on esoteric symbolism, and has appeared on many radio broadcasts and podcasts.


Nancy Wasserman is an experienced and dedicated occultist who has been practicing the magical system of Aleister Crowley for many years. She has contributed several articles to the O.T.O. publications as well as The Pathworkings of Aleister Crowley. She lives in New York City with her husband and editor, James Wasserman.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was the most widely read author in 20th-century occultism. He single-handedly redefined magic as a field of inquiry and endeavor through his books and the order that he led—the A.A. and the O.T.O. He is the author of 777 & Other Qabalistic Writings, Book of Toth, and The Book of the Law.

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