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From the Master, Spring Equinox Anno Vo

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

It is my will to write something about the challenges we face together as a Body of the Order. I wish at the outset to make a clear distinction between those challenges arising from our mutual relationship with society and those arising from intra-group relations in the Body itself.

Time passed so far since the establishment of the Body has shown that our biggest challenge was obtaining a legal status. Past tense in the previous sentence indicates that, at least for me, this challenge was overcome by the establishment of CASPPWET ALEF Skopje. We are yet to see what results this social experiment will yield, but we are to continue our work "delivered from the lust of result", AL I:44. I will take a brief look at the road we’ve traveled so far. The idea for registering the Order, one way or another, was old. The main dilemma from the outset was to decide which form to realize it by. The initial idea was to file documents under provisions of the Law on the Legal Status of Churches, Religious Communities and Religious Groups, which came into effect on 01.05.2008 e.v. and contained the problematic articles 27, 28 and 29 that once sparked a heated public debate because they implied (re)introduction of religious education in primary and secondary schools, which is the reason why it was rejected by the Constitutional Court and the lower limit for this type of education was raised to ages 15 and above. In my opinion, even this is too early, because I think that every person under the age of 21 is not mature enough for critical thinking, gaining insights and making independent conclusions about their spirituality. Key repercussion of these articles of the Law was abandoning the secular concept of the state, or the rejection of the basic Masonic principle for separation of church and state. Pardon the digression, but however, even a cursory review of previously registered institutions of this kind was devastating, because without exception they all belonged to the slave religions of the Old Aeon. Yes, even that secluded religious community of Satya Sai (Baba), which incidentally is the only one that is a step aside from the three monotheistic religions "originating from Abraham." At the same time, so far there were even 3 World Conferences on Dialogue among Religions and Civilizations in Ohrid (2007, 2010 and 2013 e.v.), under the auspices of the UN and UNESCO, but also Macedonian state institutions such as the President and the central government, which again hosted representatives of only the slave religions. Gradually it became apparent that we simply have nothing to do in this company and my eyes turned towards the civil or secular sector.

The problem with this segment of society is that from the very beginning it was infiltrated mainly by opportunists and / or dilettantes who saw it as a simple way to profit, which permanently devalued these institutions. Moreover, the current political atmosphere in the country has long inflamed public suspicion and condemnation of NGOs as traitors and secret agents of foreign interests in the country. At first this was also not a company that I would calmly choose for our Order. The key impulse that prompted my final decision in August 2013 e.v. was the establishment of a Civic association in Belgrade, under the name of Alef. It seemed that the Statute of this Association has the formula of what the late Gligorov called equidistance and Georgievski constantly revised as "equal closeness". The Association disclaimed any commercial orientation or financial benefit, but also dissociated from any mystical school, occult Order or any similar organization. In short, their main goal was unbiased research, production and distribution of cultural content in the field of esotericism. Perfect. Using the template and the name of this Association, with prior permission of its founders, I took upon myself the personal responsibility to them, but also to our membership that currently this is the best mode of obtaining legal framework for all our public and social activities in Skopje and in Macedonia. I want to mention that at that time (September 2013 e.v.) I was exposed to an (un)expected pressure from inside the Body to regulate our legal status, which from the present standpoint I consider to be legitimate, though clumsy. The Civic association for the study, promotion and preservation of the world's esoteric traditions ALEF Skopje was founded on the anniversary of receiving our Secret Fire Oasis Charter, 12.01.2014 e.v. and it was registered at the Central Registry of RM on 29.01.2014 e.v.. First activities of the Association, planned since the beginning, were defined to be: issuing the Macedonian translation of Liber 333 (The Book of Lies), participation at the annual Book Fair from the 8th to the 14th of April 2014 e.v. and both lectures of Lon Milo DuQuette on the 9th and the 10th of June 2014 e.v.. Upon registering this Association, I think we deserved to gain equal right and responsibility to fully participate in society, in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Macedonia.

My impression of the second kind of challenges, those arising inside from within the Body itself, is that we all face daily byproducts of our Initiations and ordeals on the path of our spiritual development. As our FSR said: "Everyone with their own demons." Although each individual reacts differently and it is not possible to generalize, over time I began to notice characteristic symptoms, signs and behavioral patterns of the Initiates on every level of the First Triad, Man on Earth, including myself. We manifested the first and, thankfully milder conflicts within the Oasis out of which I want to believe that we all came out richer for even a personal experience or insight into ourselves. One key advantage of this period of trials is the collaborative preparation of the Oasis’ Rules of Procedure, which is an internal document of the Body received by all members, including Minervals as our welcome guests. Finally, as a sincere and brotherly advice to all members of our little group, whether we are fully aware of our own behavior in a given moment, it is always good to open up the last pages of the Magickal Diary and make an objective self-analysis. Conclusions can sometimes surprise us. Remember your Oaths and do not forget your Tasks. Connect Word and Deed, because they are essentially one. "Therefore by their fruits you will know them." Matthew 7:20.

Love is the law, love under will.

Frater SiLVeSTeR

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