HRILIU: Symbolic Explorations of the Gnostic Mass
Paperback, 398 Pages
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‘HRILIU: Symbolic Explorations of the Gnostic Mass‘ is an in-depth look at the central ritual of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). The first half of the book gives a general overview of the Gnostic Mass from several different perspectives, including an examination of the basic symbols at work in the mass, the Officers, magical energy, and how Baphomet might play a major factor… The second half of the book is a detailed analysis of the rubric of Liber XV: Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ , the ritual text of the Gnostic Mass itself. IAO131 goes line by line through the text and goes into symbolic aspects of every part of the Gnostic Mass. The book takes its title ‘HRILIU’ from the climax of this ritual, when the Priest and Priestess simultaneously utter this angelic word in rapturous communion. Overall, this tome comes in at almost 400 pages of symbolic and Qabalistic exploration of this beautiful and sacred Rite.
- “Book Recommendation: If you have a serious interest in the Gnostic Mass I heartily recommend you read and study the new work by IAO131, HRILU: Symbolic Explorations of the Gnostic Mass… Excellent book by IAO131!”
–Lon Milo DuQuette, Archbishop of E.G.C. and National Deputy Grand Master of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O.
- “I finally had a chance to take a look at my review copy of IAO131’s book on the Gnostic Mass, HRILIU, which was published in 2015 by Eamonn Loughran and Hell Fire Club Books. It’s very well done, as is to be expected from any work by IAO131, who is clearly a bright light in the next generation of Thelemic authors. He’s done a very nice job of summarizing traditional interpretations, as well as creatively exploring the Mass and its underlying symbolic constructs, and the book itself is beautifully constructed and designed. I can certainly recommend this book to any serious student of the mysteries of the Mass.”
–David Shoemaker, Bishop of E.G.C. & author of Living Thelema
- “An excellent overview and expostion on the mysteries of Liber XV: Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ … This is quite a good book whether one is a new Novitiate Priest or Priestess, or long-standing [and kneeling] ordained Priest or Priestess in the Ecclesia Catholica Gnostica [E.G.C.], as I am. Most instructive and catholic to the E.G.C.’s official definition of what constitutes a Gnostic Mass, the first half stands with James and Nancy Wasserman’s To Perfect this Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass (Revised 3rd Edition) as a good foundation of understanding, similar in nature to the instruction given by Sabazius X° in his ”Invisible Basilica” and also by Soror Meral in her ”In The Continuum” periodical. The second half of the book is the author’s own more advanced exposition of his studies in the mystery of the Mass, and is worth consideration and respect, if not 100 percent agreement with every suggestion. A two beautiful limited leatherbound editions of this book have been produced by Hellfire Club Books UK, and are highly recommended while still available…”
–Walter Five on Amazon
- “Now as for the contents, which I know is a big question out there. I’ve had two full days to preview the contents and in my opinion, from what I’ve read thus far, it is the best of IAO131’s writings. The book is well organized and the material, though advanced for some, is easily approachable. Those familiar with Liber XV – the central ritual examined in this book – will be well aware of the fact that one could pontificate ad nauseam in regard to this rituals symbolism. Like many things Crowley – once you begin to apply Qabalah, the twists and turns are endless. However, I think IAO131 does a good job of reeling this in… giving enough to stimulate thought, catching most of what’s essential and rarely wanders to far off the path (not as easy as it sounds with a topic such as this). It’s not that I agree with everything IAO131 puts forth, because I don’t – but believe he does a good job at presenting rather complex material in a manner that is both digestible to the beginner and provides food for thought for those a little further along the path…In the end I would recommend all those interested in this topic pick up a copy as food for thought. Books that take an in-depth look at the Mass don’t come around often and books of this quality – even rarer…”
–Robert Flores; read the full-length review by Robert Flores