Albuquerque, NM’s local alternative newsweekly, the Weekly Alibi just ran a nice advance feature about Subtlety or Force Encampment’s upcoming public performance of the Rite of Mars from Aleister Crowley’s Rites of Eleusis theatrical series. While there is a tinge of sensationalism, by and large it’s an accurate, even handed and primarily positive piece:
“There’s something sexy and dangerous about robed occultists performing rituals for old gods in the moonlit desert.
“With the arrival of my digital invitation to this weekend’s public performance of the O.T.O.’s Rite of Mars comes a flood of mental images provided by Hollywood films I’ve seen growing up: hooded figures silhouetted by firelight—long shadows lying in the sand like serpents, disembodied voices droning incantations in dead languages.
“Of course this is all fantasy. I’ve been to these sorts of things before, and what they don’t show you in Eyes Wide Shut is the scene after the ritual, when the cultists have to go home and throw their robes in the wash before taking the dog out to pee. Under the masks are usually people like the rest of us.
“But I have to admit a touch of excitement as I drive to the home of Soror Luz, a representative of the local encampment of the Ordo Templi Orientis…”
read the entire piece here: