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The Tempe Working Explained (Part Three)

DUNCAN: The third working was my favourite. This was the one in which Tempe presented us each with three images or aspects of ourselves. Later, we carried out what we regarded at the time as an unrelated magical exercise with the tarot, to examine our karma. It was only later we realised that Tempe had predicted exactly the cards that appeared in our tarot spreads. So in his usual way, he had again underscored the significance of an apparently unrelated event with a huge whack of synchronistic meaning.

ALAN: When I asked him if the six images he'd given us were a symbol of our temple, he replied with the Greek letter Gamma and the Latin word 'Felix'. Gamma is the third letter of the Greek alphabet – he gave us three images each, remember. Gamma is also used to denote a variable in mathematical equations. 'Felix' means 'happy' or 'lucky'. So what Tempe seems to be saying is: 'here are three variables related to the happiness of the baptists'. In other words, he's making it clear from the outset that this is about our respective karma. We didn't know it at the time, but he was showing us what we'd have to deal with post-enlightenment.

DUNCAN: It's as if this time he was determined to keep us on track, and was making it very clear from the outset that he was talking about us and our development. But there was also that puzzling series of images where he showed us the Tao with the Yin and Yang curled together like foetuses, and the line formed where their bodies met forming the profile of an old man, the Holy Guardian Angel. And then the rune PERDHRO.

ALAN: The rune is thought to represent mystery or something hidden. I think now that it was pointing to the discovery of the hidden aspect of the self that is revealed during enlightenment. As for the rest of it, I can think of two interpretations: firstly, that the Tao is the Absolute, expressed through the interplay of youth and age or the life-span of the human being; or secondly, that the foetuses are the past or the beginning, the Tao is the present, and the HGA is the future or end-point of human development. Perhaps this is also a general schema representing the three-part depiction of our karma delivered both by Tempe and the tarot exercise.

DUNCAN: That's quite nice. That makes a lot more sense now.

ALAN: The most important aspect of the communication, however, is of course Tempe's prediction of the bad time we would have after enlightenment, dealing with the habits, perspectives and behaviours based on the separate sense of self that had built up in us over a lifetime. In other words, the way that we would both be forced to deal with our unique karma.

DUNCAN: Yes. In both our cases it was exactly as predicted both by Tempe and the tarot.

ALAN: With the separate self-sense gone and replaced by enlightenment, the conceit of karma becomes blindingly obvious; and yet alongside that, for every second of every day, the newly enlightened human being must endure the seemingly endless cycling of their frustrated and pointless beliefs and actions.

DUNCAN: For me, it was mostly about doubt and my clinging to the idea that I was still searching for something. Even though it was evident to me that all of that was truly over, at the same time the habit of questioning and seeking continued to arise obsessively. At the time, I joked about how, if I weren't enlightened, then enlightenment would be a pain in the arse. But I think there's a lot of truth in that joke! Tempe's depiction of my karma certainly helped me understand and deal with what was happening.

ALAN: Given time, of course, this discomfort subsides, as enlightenment slowly but surely has its effect on the personality, allowing old habits to die eventually and new ones – based on wholeness – to take their place.

DUNCAN: The analogy I'd suggest is of a stick of incense: the experience of emptiness is the saltpetre that keeps the stick burning; enlightenment is the fire; and karma is the stick of incense itself, that slowly gets reduced to ash.

The Tempe Working Explained (Part Two)

DUNCAN: Looking over the text of the second working, a lot of it is explicitly concerned with the difficulties of communicating with Tempe. We certainly knew there was a problem, even if we weren't aware at the time exactly what it was.

ALAN: Yes. The vision began with the rune NIED, inverted, which indicates: 'setting off on the wrong path and that to continue in the same manner will result in failure'. Because of the pointless occult speculation we'd forced Tempe into during the last working, this second operation began with completely the wrong intent and expectations.

DUNCAN: We just kept at it, though, until he gave in and started to talk with us. There were some interesting results from the part where you asked him: 'Who is Alan? Who is Duncan?' He stated that you were 'a head on a platter made of a fountain of white light' (i.e. The Baptist's Head!). Me, I was: 'The wand. The snake. The eye in the pyramid'. In March this year, after I'd heard about your enlightenment, I received a spontaneous vision whilst I was meditating in which I saw a vast eye staring at me, and then my soul was transferred into the inside of a pyramid where your soul was already waiting. I've described this in more detail elsewhere, but it's quite clearly a prophecy that my enlightenment would occur after yours. Yet again, Tempe is not predicting a specific event or giving an 'answer' to questions, but throwing out a kind of synchronistic marker – i.e. I'm not 'the eye in the pyramid' in any specific sense, but his provision of this symbol loaded my subsequent vision of the eye and the pyramid with a huge whack of synchronistic meaning than it wouldn't have had otherwise.

ALAN: I was obsessed with finding out whether the speculative articles I wrote after the first working were correct or not. His answers with regard to two of them are non-committal, but I think his response of 'an energy biding its time that is not going in a particular direction' with respect to what I wrote in Unreasonable Foresight is a polite way of saying it's all fantasy. He was telling us a faked alien invasion was not going to happen, and then I insist on asking him how to prepare for it! At this point he gave us the tarot card, THE SUN, which indicates we should enjoy life by concentrating on the positive and looking for its realisation. It was his attempt to get us back on track, but once again it proved futile. As we continue to persist, he gives us the Greek letter Omega, which means 'last'. I think now that he was trying to tell us this nonsense must come to an end!

DUNCAN: After this he falls silent and I start to sense explicitly that he doesn't want to answer these sorts of questions.

ALAN: Didn't stop us, though. We take his presentation of the rune ANSUZ to mean the ability to sail through the coming crisis. But this probably meant at the time 'will you please just let go of all that crap!'

DUNCAN: And next there's some interesting stuff about the 'false messiah', which was the meaning we took from the references to the Yemen in the first working. Including that freaky bit when he gave me the number '555' at exactly the same moment as you were looking at the clock (which I couldn't see) and had noticed the time was '5:55'.

ALAN: It's not there in the original commentary, due to our confusion, but 555 is a number that represents me, as discussed in my magical record. It all makes complete sense once you consider that I am the 'false messiah' who 'is imprisoned at the moment' – i.e. I'm not enlightened! The false messiah is also described as 'a head on a stick', which I think demonstrates Tempe's sense of humour. I ask him when I should set up a new magical order and he replies with an image of tunnels at the end of which is something nasty. As I discussed elsewhere, this simply means: 'When you're enlightened'.

DUNCAN: He combined that last image with a specific message: 'You are with someone. An older figure. Near water or on a boat. It is positive. 33'.

17'N 92'E

ALAN: 33 = Indian, blessing. This is quite obviously the eighty year-old guru I met in India.

DUNCAN: Which brings us to those freaky co-ordinates! '1792. 1813 or 1830.'

ALAN: Tempe's answer here is stunningly precise. On the day of my enlightenment, I travelled to the Andaman Islands, which match the first set of co-ordinates: 17'N 92'E. It was here that I formulated the idea of Open Enlightenment (OE), the new 'magical order'. 18'N 30'E is the border of Egypt and Sudan, where I ended my around the world trip at Abu Simbel. This is without doubt the most mind-blowingly accurate prediction Tempe has made, which he provided at a time when I was actually planning to travel the world in the opposite direction.

DUNCAN: I went on-line and checked it out for myself, and I think it needs pointing out that the co-ordinates are not spot on. The first set, for instance, are actually somewhere at sea to the north-west of the Andaman Islands. But both sets are obviously in the right area. It is quite mind-boggling, especially given that neither of us at the time had any detailed understanding of longitude and latitude and – as you say – your travel plans were completely different back then.

18'N 30'E

ALAN: When I asked him if there were anything else he gave me the word 'Caesar'. Whilst attending a beach party in the Andaman Islands, I saw a man dressed as Julius Caesar. Tempe also mentioned 'a boat' and 'swallows'. In April, I visited Thailand and on a white-water rafting trip (which most certainly involved a boat), a man struck up a spontaneous conversation with me about swallows. These were separate events from my meeting with the guru. So, again, we're left wondering whether Tempe's predictions are just synchronicities, or whether it's better to consider some of them as referring to a number of events but rolled into one answer.

DUNCAN: In the next part of the working we waste a lot more time on pointless questions, but as we turn to the theme of when we're going to get enlightened the answers become more revealing again.

ALAN: The meaning of the answer in my case is even now not entirely clear. He describes an unusual character like 'the German character Eszett surmounted by a cross', which we've not been able to trace.

DUNCAN: I think now that this might have been ɮ or lezh, a symbol for 'the voiced alveolar lateral fricative', the guttural L-sound that in Classical Arabic is represented by the letter Dad. Mo
st people pronounce this sound with the left side of the tongue. The Prophet Mohammed, reputedly, could pronounce it on both sides at once. This symbol might therefore be taken to mean: 'something that only a prophet can'. It's not clear, is it? What Tempe said regarding my case, however, was a bit more obvious: 'A honey bee. A dart. A lance.' After I heard of your enlightenment, I contacted my Holy Guardian Angel and asked what I needed to do in order to finish up the process. My HGA communicates through the runes and the answer I received was: TIR (inverted), BEORC, WUNJO. In all his communications, my HGA has used WUNJO to represent enlightenment. BEORC resembles the letter 'B'. TIR is in the shape of an arrow. Tempe, then, was looking forward to this message from my HGA, but the 'bee' is actually a 'B', and the 'dart' or 'lance' isn't literal, but the symbolic representation of an arrow that is TIR. It's that same mode of synchronicity rather than literal prediction.

ALAN: After this I asked him whether out work was related to the prophecy of Crowley's successor given in The Book of the Law. Tempe replied with an image of plants and bulbs that flower and die with no trace, yet return the next year. And then the image of a monk. I think this makes it clear that our work is a different but successive expression of the tradition of magick. We didn't grasp this at the time, though, and it seems from this point as if Tempe has finally had enough and becomes frustrated with the method of communication.

DUNCAN: Our attempts at allowing him to possess us physically proved pretty lame, although some of the stuff he said when speaking through you seems clear enough.

ALAN: Yeah: 'The basis is to advance, not to stall and wonder… It is done. I'm gone.' He's being pretty explicit. We've spent the most part of this second working wasting his and our time with the pointless speculative occult fantasy.

DUNCAN: Luckily we got mostly back on track in the third working. Those synchronicities with the tarot in the third working were pretty amazing, even at the time.

ALAN: Yes, but now I've got some new stuff to add…

The Tempe Working Explained (Part One)

On the 15th June, 2009, we attempted contact with an astral representative of the Great White Brotherhood, the universal body of enlightened beings. We were successful. On two further occasions the operation was repeated and we communicated with the spirit known as 'Tempe' a total of three times. During each, Tempe made a number of predictions that seemed especially to concern what would occur on Alan's impending trip around the world. Over the course of these workings, and almost in spite of our really stupid questions, it became obvious that Tempe only really cared about one thing: enlightenment.

We provided a commentary to the three workings as they were recorded. Alan even went so far as to write three speculative articles and an additional commentary. At this current time (August, 2009) the majority of the predictions have come to fruition but have thrown a completely different light on those yet to happen. Furthermore, the fulfilment of the prophecies to date has demonstrated just how wrong our previous interpretations of Tempe's predictions were, and just how much bullshit (read: 'insane occult conspiracy') we projected onto some of Tempe's answers.

So, here is the Tempe working explained, with the benefit of more recent events.

The First Working

DUNCAN: I've really been looking forward to you writing this up. The parts of the prophecies that directly concerned me I've already mentioned in passing elsewhere, but most of what Tempe said seemed to be about you, so I'm fascinated to hear how it has come true. Or not. So, come on then: what new light can you shed on the first working?

ALAN: Okay. Well, then: Tempe first appeared to us holding a book and a crucifix. The book contained a table, six squares by six. The name of the book was Lemegeton. The number of the book was 16. The cross was 23.


DUNCAN: This puzzled us at the time…

ALAN: But we worked out that 'book' = 16 = 'camel', 'magus' and 'Kamael' – i.e. my magical name – i.e. me! The cross = 23 = 'Tempe'. So, I am the book and Tempe is the cross. The cross represents the concept of the messiah, which we'll come back to later. The numbers in the six by six table, remember, add up to 666.

DUNCAN: I've never mentioned it before, Alan, but I suppose you've noticed you have the same initials as Aleister Crowley. I didn't like to draw attention to it, because I thought you might start to think you were the next messiah or something…

ALAN: After this was the part about my meeting in the following March with a 'king' or 'caesar', a member of The Great White Brotherhood. Tempe suggested he would wear some kind of snake adornment. He would be jovial, welcoming, dressed in white and have the number 60. Well, on March 6th I met the Advaita Vedanta guru Arunachala Ramana during my travels in India. He was certainly enlightened (and in this sense a 'king' or 'caesar' and a part of the Great White Brotherhood). He looked a bit like Father Christmas ('jovial'), had two tattoos (one of which was a scroll, which was perhaps the 'twisted snake') and, as a guru, was certainly a 'hierophant' ( = 60).

DUNCAN: That is pretty amazing, because I don't think either of us expected your enlightenment to come so quickly. When Tempe said that you would meet a guru, I assumed it was someone who would simply help you along – not the person who would help you finish up. A hierophant indeed!

ALAN: But it's all there in what Tempe actually said. He also gave the guru the number 61 = 'supreme ritual'. Finishing up the process of enlightenment is the supreme ritual, and – as Tempe also predicted – this has taken me in a completely new direction since then, with the start of the Open Enlightenment (OE) project.

DUNCAN: Okay, I'm looking at the text, and at this point Tempe goes into a lot of grim stuff about 'The Adversary', 'giant squids' and 'Black Brothers'…

ALAN: Yes. It's clear now that The Adversary and 'NONE' (which was the name Tempe gave it – hey, there's a big clue there in the name) are not literal entities, but are my visionary or astral encounters with the embodiment of fear and therefore ignorance. The Adversary is defeated by each individual at the moment of enlightenment. 'NONE' is therefore the master of those people who can only view the world through the lens of fear and of those who consciously resist enlightenment, sometimes called the Black Brothers.

DUNCAN: You're not so hot now on the notion of an actual conspiracy?

ALAN: No, because the description Tempe gave us of what makes a Black Brother indicates that the Black Brother isn't concerned with keeping the world unenlightened; rather, he's simply self-obsessed. The Black Brotherhood is not actively working to 'unenlighten' the world; it simply wishes to promote its own debased and ignorant interests. Unfortunately, a misunderstanding takes root in our interpretation of Tempe at this point in the text. Although Tempe seems to talk about literal Black Brothers, he is actually using the Great White Brotherhood and Black Brotherhood as symbols for enlightenment and ignorance from this point onwards. For instance: when I asked him whether the battle would be fought in people's minds, he replied with a specific image of a single mala bead turning into my head. Quite clearly, what he meant was that the battle is actually going to take place only within my head! Tempe was, in effect, only ever interested in talking about our (mine and yours) enlightenment. A bit later on he gives us an image of the 'aura' of the White Brotherhood with too much 'black' in it, and vice versa… So if the White Brotherhood is enlightenment and the Black Brotherhood is ignorance, then Tempe is simply giving us an accurate description of where we both were at the time in the process of enlightenment: the penultimate stage of enlightenment is precisely when emptiness arises and passes away in real time – i.e. enlightenment and ignorance are mixed up!

DUNCAN: I certainly remember the way Tempe seemed to be ducking various questions at this point, as if he deemed them not worthy of an answer.

ALAN: Because they were the wrong questions. Remember the part where he said it wasn't about one of the sides winning, but about them both operating in the correct way, because one of the sides was operating incorrectly?

DUNCAN: We never did get to the bottom of that…

ALAN: Well, 'not operating correctly' simply means 'not enlightened yet'! He was just telling us that we had some work left to do.

DUNCAN: The imagery turns a bit utopian and messianic after this point, as I recall: 'Sunrise over the earth. Intense light over the whole planet…'

ALAN: Enlightenment, again. Both in a personal sense and a global sense, with regard to the aims of the OE project that was the result of my enlightenment.

DUNCAN: And the cathedral, which reflects in its architecture the union of all the traditions…

ALAN: Again, it represents both the personal experience of enli
ghtenment (because the event itself is literally the realisation that enlightenment is beyond all and any tradition), and the vision of the global progress of enlightenment that is the object of OE.

DUNCAN: So if the cathedral is not strictly literal, does this mean we've still got to physically build it? And what about the 'three hares': are we still okay with the hares as the OE logo?

ALAN: The hares are fine, but it's clear now that they too are a symbol that encompasses both my impending personal enlightenment (the 'underworld experience', or 'initiation' which was part of Tempe's original message about the hare) plus the transpersonal aspect of the OE project.

DUNCAN: People we've spoken with so far have already raised the question whether Tempe's cathedral might be a bit too – erm – 'kitsch' or 'retro' to deserve to exist in reality.

ALAN: The whole premise of OE rests on a recognition that enlightenment is the root of all religion. For the general public, this would be a whole new perspective on history. It's only with this perspective on the past that the 'cathedral' of enlightenment can be built.

DUNCAN: So you're making me wonder – yet again – whether this thing needs literally to be built, or whether Tempe was pointing to a new historical perspective rather than actual bricks and mortar…

ALAN: From the start, the idea that Tempe was predicting the actual building of a 'cathedral' (or Open Enlightenment Centre as I prefer to call it) was irrelevant. I just wanted to build it, and even more so now! It will be an architectural rendering of the enlightenment experience. So who knows, maybe Tempe was also predicting the literal building of the 'cathedral'…

DUNCAN: What about the stuff that comes after this in the text: 2012, peak oil, global warming?

ALAN: The stuff about solar flares and sunspots relates to an argument I'd recently had online with an idiotic Voudon priest, which boiled down to the issue of confusing the planes. Tempe was showing us here that confusing the planes may prove an obstacle to educating the public about the nature of enlightenment. That other stuff you mention was, I'm afraid, just a brief interlude of pointless occult speculation. Tempe's symbolism simply points to self-centred interests and ignorance as the source of the world's problems.

DUNCAN: Tempe's saying there's nothing special about 2012, then. It's just the usual greed, ignorance and fear. Business as usual.

ALAN: But he tries to steer us back on course with the next part of the message: the 'poisoned fish' from 'Yemen'.

DUNCAN: I never knew Yemen had such a thriving fishing industry until Tempe clued us in…

ALAN: We sussed at the time that 'fish' = 24 = 'truth', 'word', and that the ichthys (Greek for 'fish') was a secret symbol for Christ to the early Christians. He also gave us the number 44 = 'prophet'. Remember how Tempe appeared at the beginning with a crucifix in his right hand? Furthermore, Yemen is not only important biblically, but has also been home to numerous Jewish and Islamic messianic movements over the centuries. Tempe is therefore pointing out here how enlightenment (the 'truth' or 'word') has been firstly ill-conceived and then intentionally degenerated ('the poisoned fish') in regard to past, orthodox religion. The messianic movements of the past have failed. He returns to this theme in the second working.

DUNCAN: So that just leaves the stuff about the moon, the alien tripods, and perhaps some form of faked alien invasion engineered by The Black Brotherhood…

ALAN: Whatever that's about, it obviously hasn't happened yet, but we have a better grasp now on Tempe's perspective. He referred to 'healing lunar light' and gave us the number 34 = 'purple', 'mother', 'beautiful', 'vision', 'flower'. Based on what has gone before, it's likely that Tempe is talking strictly in terms of enlightenment. Tempe is representing enlightenment as a 'purple light'. The presence of a 'hare' has been noted by numerous cultures in the markings on the moon's surface. The hare, of course, is the symbol for OE. So perhaps 2012 will see an increase in public education regarding enlightenment.

DUNCAN: I've been reading about the importance of the colour purple during the Byzantine Empire. Byzantium was the place where the Greek tradition survived in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire right through to the middle ages. Its rulers wore purple robes that no one else was allowed to wear and there was also a chamber made of purple stone in the Great Palace where the Empress was taken to give birth. The 'caesars' of Byzantium therefore had a special word to describe themselves: porphyrogennetos, which means 'born in the purple'. So purple came to signify legitimacy and the continuation of the Greek tradition. Interesting… So much for the alien invasion, then?

ALAN: My best, conservative guess at this time is that there will be public hysteria around aliens, no doubt tied in with the 2012 myth, and a few ignorant individuals will make a lot of money off the back of it. That's probably all Tempe is saying.

DUNCAN: Which brings us finally to 'the gnome with the pineapple'. So, did you meet any fruit-bearing dwarfs on your travels, or not?

ALAN: Unsurprisingly, it's not as simple as that. In Verkala, in India, I met an entrepreneur who identified himself as a 'gnome'. (I told this story in detail in The Great Work Accomplished.) But it wasn't until later, at the beginning of March, that I met Arunachala Ramana and became enlightened (as Tempe predicted). The gnome was certainly someone I met on my travels, but perhaps the entrepreneur who identified himself as such was just a synchronicity, whereas Arunachala was the 'actual gnome'. Or maybe Tempe's predictions are a series of synchronicities that he has presented together, from which we have concluded he was describing one event when in fact he wasn't. There's more stuff in the second working that seems to support this idea…

DUNCAN: Nice. And I can't wait to find out whether those geographical co-ordinates that Tempe gave us in the second working actually check out or not!

Tempe: Instructions for Use

Tempe: Astral Representative of The Great White Brotherhood.

Tempe is an astral representative of the Great White Brotherhood. As his name suggests, he exists outside of time and possesses powers of prediction and foresight. As a member of the Great White Brotherhood his principle concern is The Great Work, or the enlightenment of others. As such, questions pertaining to future events are a nuisance to him; but he is more than happy to dispense strong trance to the aspirant, or information that will prove useful to individual magical development.

The baptists’ history with Tempe can be read in the following articles: Part 1, Part 2, A Short Commentary and Part 3.

The method for contacting Tempe is simple: furnish the altar with his seal (see picture); banish the working space; and burn some incense (abramelin is apt, as is anything of a mercurial nature). Adopt a meditative posture and then invoke Tempe by inviting him to join you. (I leave the details up to your imagination.)

Close your eyes and wait for contact. This may be experienced as a direct vision of Tempe, or you may simply feel a strong trance coming on. The session will conclude naturally with the end of the vision or trance.

As the aim of this working is not specifically a vision, Tempe may be invoked before each daily meditation session as a meditative aid.

The Tempe Working – Part Three

On November 1st, 2008, Alan wondered if it would be prudent to attempt contact again with Tempe, an astral representative of the Great White Brotherhood (considering the balls-up he and Duncan made of it last time). Alan consulted the tarot and drew The Sun. There was no better sign for the baptists to commence.

Third Contact

[Temple banished with IAO. Incense with correspondences to the star-sign Gemini is burning. Alan delivers an ad hoc invocation. Silence. Invokes again. Silence.]

ALAN: Are you getting anything?

DUNCAN: I am. I'm trying to make sense of it.

ALAN: What are you seeing?

TEMPE: Hermes. Relaxing.

DUNCAN: He's leaning against something. Tempe is appearing as Hermes.

[Hermes = Mercury, which is the ruling planet of Gemini, from which the baptists' temple takes its name.]


ALAN: That means 'astral'.

TEMPE: There are three aspects to Geur.

[Geur is Duncan's magical name.]

TEMPE: The first is a roulette table where the stake has been lost and is being taken away. The second is scarred flesh. The third is a circuit or course on a map. These are the three aspects.

ALAN: Losing at gambling… scar tissue… and a race course?

DUNCAN: Yes! How did you know it was a race course?

ALAN: It just sounded like one.

TEMPE: There are three aspects of Kamael.

[Kamael is Alan's magical name.]

TEMPE: Pyramids. An armoured tank. A housefly (a bluebottle).

ALAN: Ask him to explain the fly.

TEMPE: Evolutionary change. Forms of life evolve and the fly is one stage of this. But these life-forms are not evolving in a naturalistic sequence. They are diverted from the natural sequence at an early stage. Forms of life evolve that are non-naturalistic.

DUNCAN: I can see 'non-natural' life-forms: they look like cartoon animations. It's as if I'm seeing a course of evolution that has produced different forms of life – we wouldn't even necessarily recognise them as such. It's tricky; these images are arising as a flow, and I'm plucking at specific ones. So when I said 'pyramids', there was also stuff like 'Egyptian gods'. I'm waiting until the stream of images changes to something quite different before remarking what I see. There was an armoured tank with lots of war symbolism: a military-looking insignia of a hawk, battle charts…

ALAN: A hawk insignia?


Circle into Three

ALAN: A falcon, maybe?

DUNCAN: Could be. It's very stylised. It faces with its beak to the left. And then the housefly, with the notion of insects evolving in a sequence.

ALAN: A new kind of life never seen before?


ALAN: Do these images represent our current position?

TEMPE: The pattern at the centre of a circle divided into three equal portions.

DUNCAN: I'm in a trance-state. The pattern is changing.

TEMPE: The pattern at the centre of a circle divided into six equal portions.

A circle into six.

ALAN: Is it about an increase in complexity?

TEMPE: Three aspects of Geur. Three of Kamael. Six in total.

ALAN: Is this a symbol of our temple?

TEMPE: The letter Gamma. The word Felix.

[Gamma is the third letter of the Greek alphabet and is often used to denote a variable. Felix is Latin for 'happy' or 'lucky'. Is Tempe presenting three variables related to happiness for each baptist?]

ALAN: Do you have any messages for us?

TEMPE: The symbol of the Tao. The yin and yang are curled like foetuses. The line formed where their bodies meet is the profile of an old man. The old man is the Holy Guardian Angel.

ALAN: What is the foetus aspect?

TEMPE: The eternal child.

ALAN: What is 'the eternal child'?

TEMPE: It is the energy. The yin and yang and the old man are parts of the structure.

ALAN: Is this a picture of what a human is?

DUNCAN: He definitely seems to be trying to show me some sort of schema.

Magical schema?


[Perdhro is the fourteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. There is no consensus on a traditional meaning, but it is usually thought to represent mystery or something hidden. It may relate to discovering a hidden aspect to the self.]

DUNCAN: The rune is connected with the schema.

ALAN: A schema for magick?

DUNCAN: Possibly… [Sighs.]

ALAN: What's the matter?

DUNCAN: Emotional stuff. A sense of frustration. The idea that we're not using him properly.

ALAN: Tempe, how are we supposed to use you properly?

TEMPE: A person falling asleep. But as they fall asleep their eyes change into the ever-wakeful eyes of a Tibetan Buddha.

ALAN: The person fell asleep but remained aware?

DUNCAN: They 'fell awake'.

ALAN: Tempe, what do you make of the idea that you sponsor our temples, or that each temple we establish makes a link with an astral representative of the A∴A∴ and uses that representative as a means of introducing new candidates to mystical experience?

TEMPE: Arrowheads moving in different directions. The representatives are waiting for the opportunity. Each arrowhead is a fractal or hologram of a single being.

ALAN: Would his be a good way of using you?

TEMPE: Felix. The sea-horse.

ALAN: A sea-horse?

DUNCAN: The only thing I know about sea-horses is that the males give birth.

ALAN: Okay. Tempe is male, isn't he? So would it be correct procedure for people invited to our temple to make contact with you, and for you to dispense a trance state to them as you did for us?

DUNCAN: I'm experiencing a deep trance state… He wants you to meditate, Alan.

ALAN: Okay.

[The baptists enter trance for several minutes.]

ALAN: Has he gone?

DUNCAN: What do you think? Does it feel like he's gone?

ALAN: Don't know. What are you getting? Do you think he's gone?


ALAN: No more conversation? I wanted to ask him loads more shit! When I ask him questions he gets frustrated; that's not what he's here for, is it? He's here to get people enlightened, but I think in a practical sense. What would happen if we invoked Tempe and meditated? I think that's possibly what he wants.

DUNCAN: There was something going on with all those models he was handing out, wasn't there?

ALAN: You're going to have to draw all those.

DUNCAN: Suppose so.

ALAN: Do you think that when we write up Part Three for the site…

DUNCAN: Is this 'Part Three', then?

ALAN: Yeah – isn't it? We invoked him and he told us some shit. We should put up instructions for people on how to use him.

DUNCAN: Sounds good.

ALAN: He said there are spirits just queuing up to help people.

DUNCAN: Aspects of himself.

ALAN: All people have to do is download the instructions, say the invocation and meditate. It could be a meditation aid.

DUNCAN: We could ask people to tell us if they get results.

ALAN: It seems to be what he wants. When we asked him if we should use him like that, you went into a trance and then he told me to meditate. It's a pretty straightforward answer, isn't it?

Three Hours Later

Alan had been consulting his tarot cards all day, seeking guidance on the magical acts the baptists had planned – such as scrying the Enochian aethyrs with the aid of ketamine (reports to follow). Alan then remembered a method for determining the 'karma' of an individual using the tarot deck (see note, below). Having found the method insightful in the past, he determined to repeat the act and discover Duncan's 'karma'.

The operation is conducted only once. Six cards are determined on the basis of birth date:

  Alan Duncan
The Archetype Card XI Strength VI The Lovers
The Character Card Page of Wands Queen of Cups
The Root Card Ace of Wands Ace of Swords
The Personal Card Six of Wands (Victory) Ten of Swords (Ruin)
The Preceding Personal Card Five of Wands (Strife) Nine of Swords (Cruelty)
The Progressive Personal Card Seven of Wands (Valour) Two of Disks (Change)

The baptists were discussing how uncannily accurate the picture this method supplied of the way in which each of them creates karma. It should be recalled that karma means 'action', and refers to habitual patterns of reaction that arise from a person's fundamental ignorance (or their unenlightened state).

In Duncan's case (Cruelty, Ruin, Change) this takes the form of assuming an overly-critical or negative view of everything, which seeks to bring about change only on the basis of destruction or denial. Alan's karma (Conflict, Victory, Valour) takes the form of viewing the world in terms of challenges, which are mastered by an act of will, but typically culminate in over-ambition.

Whilst the baptists were pondering their cards ('three each'; 'six in total') it suddenly became obvious that the images in Tempe's message were a clear prefiguration – i.e. Cruelty = 'scar tissue'; Ruin = 'losing everything at roulette'; Change = 'the race course' (the two of disks is typically portrayed in a 'figure of eight' pattern); Strife = 'pyramids' (the lofty goals Alan sets himself); Victory = 'battle tank'; Valour = 'evolution on a different course' (the 'over-reaching' in which Alan indulges).

Two of Pentacles or Disks

Having realised this, the baptists' tiny minds were once more well and truly blown – because Tempe had again demonstrated his validity and omniscience, and seemed to suggest that a full understanding of their karma would prove an essential variable in the baptists' attainment of happiness.


The method of divination described is supplied in an appendix, 'Determining Your Tarot Symbols', to Aleister Crowley & J.F.C. Fuller, The Treasure House of Images (Tempe, Arizona: New Falcon, 1994), p.135f. It was published prior to this in Christopher S. Hyatt, The Secrets of Western Tantra (Tempe, Arizona: New Falcon, 1989). And luckily (or unluckily, if you're a beneficiary of the estate of Dr. Hyatt) it also appears in Christopher S. Hyatt & Lon Milo DuQuette, Sex Magic, Tantra & Tarot (Tempe, Arizona: New Falcon, 1991), p.55f, which some naughty person has splurged onto the internet for all of us to make use of – although it has by now been reprinted and recycled so many times its authorship must be dubious to say the least. However – the baptists thoroughly recommend that you give the exercise a try, whatever source you choose.

The Tempe Working – Part Two

The baptists chat with an astral representative of the A∴A∴, with whom they first made contact in June, 2008.

[The temple is banished with The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Incense of Abramelin burns on the altar. Alan delivers an ad hoc invocation. Duncan enters trance, seated, holding a staff supported across his forearms, elbows bent.]

ALAN: Will you speak with us?

[The rune NIED (reversed). Alan repeats the invocation. Silence. No reply. NIED indicates setting off on the wrong path and that to continue in the same manner will result in failure.]

A plate of Tempeh

ALAN: If we are doing anything incorrectly, can you let us know what it is?

[No reply.]

ALAN: If it's improper to talk with Tempe at the present time, can we please speak with another astral representative of the A∴A∴?

[A spider, grown from the letter M.]

DUNCAN: It's not a rune.

ALAN: Should we communicate with you in a different physical location?

[Long silence. No reply.]

ALAN: Can you see anything, Duncan?

DUNCAN: I'm in a deep trance state. My heart chakra opened and there was a strong sense of presence.

ALAN: I felt that too.

DUNCAN: But it has faded. There was a vision of a man, in white robes, holding a trident. Are we talking to someone other than Tempe?

[Long silence. No reply.]

DUNCAN: The trance state has returned.

ALAN: Are you to communicate through me instead of Duncan?


ALAN: I get the sense 'yes'. Is this what NIED referred to?


ALAN: I'm trancing out.

DUNCAN: Tempe, are you communicating with us through Alan?

[Long silence.]

ALAN: I'm off my box! [Silence.] We wish to speak with an astral representative of the A∴A∴ Is this the wrong time? Can you communicate through Duncan, please? [Long silence.] Are you getting anything, Duncan?

DUNCAN: Yeah. I'm being told not to be afraid, and to just open myself to it.

TEMPE: It's really easy. Just ask.

ALAN: Ok. Who am I?

TEMPE: A head on a platter made of a fountain of white light.

ALAN: Who is Duncan?

DUNCAN: I'm feeling distracted because the wand in my arms is moving!

ALAN: Shall I take it away?

DUNCAN: No. It's okay.

ALAN: Do I need to repeat the question?


ALAN: Who is Duncan?

DUNCAN: The wand keeps moving every time you say it!

ALAN: Who is Duncan?

TEMPE: The wand. The snake. The eye in the pyramid.

ALAN: Who am I speaking with?

[Tempe's sigil appears.]

ALAN: Am I correct regarding 'The Octopus'?

TEMPE: A procession of people. A geneaological chart, showing a process going back through time. A bloodline. You haven't taken this into account.

ALAN: Am I correct regarding the nature of the Black Brother?

TEMPE: The chariot of God. The Merkavah. The vehicle or throne of God.

ALAN: How does that relate to my article on the Black Brother?

TEMPE: Unstoppable vehicle.

[Have I failed to note the 'unstoppable' nature of the Black Brother?]

ALAN: Am I correct in my article 'Unreasonable Foresight'?

TEMPE: An energy biding its time. It is not manifesting or going in a particular direction yet.

ALAN: Is it potential energy?


ALAN: So that means the idea of a faked alien invasion and a false messiah are not for definite?

TEMPE: Snake-shaped tendrils dart out from the energy, then they retreat, as if not willing to commit themselves.

[This brings in to question the difficulty of accepting any prediction of real-world events. From Tempe's answer I am to treat the events outlined in Unreasonable Foresight as embryonic.]

ALAN: Okay. How are we best to prepare for the faked alien invasion?

TEMPE: The tarot card: THE SUN.

[Enjoy life! Concentrate on the positive and look for its realisation.]

ALAN: Will society as we know it collapse before 2012?

TEMPE: The tarot card: THE TOWER. A scarab beetle.

[The Tower indicates collapse of the system. The beetle: regeneration.]

ALAN: When?

DUNCAN: That M I saw earlier, I think it was an astrological symbol… It's the answer to this question.

TEMPE: The symbol for Aquarius.

[The Sun is in Aquarius roughly from January 20 to February 18.]

ALAN: Can you show us the actual year? The number?

TEMPE: Omega. 46.

[Omega means 'last'. Does Tempe mean the collapse has already begun, occurring sometime last year (2007)? 46 = 'twenty seven' in English Qaballah. 'Twenty seven' (just like 'twenty twelve') can mean 20 and 07, or 2007. If Aquarius signifies late January and early February, is Tempe referring to the sub-prime mortgage credit crunch that began in February 2007?]

ALAN: Will there be a big die-off of the human species as a result of this?


DUNCAN: I wouldn't say he doesn't like that question, but he doesn't seem to be bothered answering it.

ALAN: Because he has already?

DUNCAN: I can't tell.

ALAN: How long will the alien invasion last?

TEMPE: The rune ANSUZ.

ALAN [Consults rune book]: 'Mouth. Spoken word. Taking advice and acquiring wisdom. Fear should be put aside, for it indicates the ability to sail through with ease whatever arises.' Okay. That's clear. How is the false messiah connected with the aliens?

TEMPE: A head on a stick being made to talk.

DUNCAN: It has a kind of Aztec look… Does Quetzlcoatl look like 'a head on a stick'?

ALAN: No – he's a plumed serpent. Do we already know who the fake messiah is?

TEMPE: This person is imprisoned at the moment.

ALAN: What is the final aim of their plan?

TEMPE: The sign of the fish.

ALAN: The fish represents the messiah?

TEMPE: Yes. [Pause]. 555.

ALAN [exc
]: Fucking hell! [He has just looked at the clock, which is outside Duncan's line of sight. The time at that moment was 5:55pm.]

DUNCAN: He's not happy with these questions.

ALAN: Okay. That's the last of the questions related to the predictions, anyway… When should I set up The Order?

TEMPE: Tunnels. At the end is something nasty.

ALAN: Something nasty in the tunnel, or at the end?

TEMPE: At the end.

[Long silence.]

DUNCAN: There's a message for you [Alan] here.

TEMPE: Something nasty at the end of the tunnel. You are with someone. An older figure. Near water or on a boat. It is positive. 33.

[33 = blessing, Buddhist, Indian, order. Tempe is again discussing the 'gnome with a pineapple' from my previous vision and our first communication.]

ALAN: Will the man on the boat help me set up The Order?

TEMPE: The symbol of the A∴A∴. 1792. 1813 or 1830.

DUNCAN: These are latitude and longitude! Some sort of coordinates.

[The man is not necessarily concerned with my setting up a magical order, but he is a White Brother. Lat = 17, Long = 92 is the Bay of Bengal, just off the coast of Burma. Lat = 18, Long = 13 is Niger, but with Long = 30 we get Sudan, just off the border of Egypt. This is quite mind-blowing to say the least! After travelling India I plan to visit Thailand; however, there is no direct flight to Bangkok from Kolkata. I was planning to travel back to Mumbai, but will I be offered passage across the bay?My trip is ending in Egypt.]

ALAN: Is there anything else you have to tell me regarding this, Tempe?

TEMPE: Caesar. 5. V.

ALAN: After my travels, will that be a good time to set up The Order?

TEMPE: Not interested.

DUNCAN: He's more concerned with what's going to happen to you. That's what he's been talking about.

ALAN: When I meet the guy on the boat? Can you give us more information about that?

TEMPE: The boat is connected with a bird. A swallow.

DUNCAN: Could be the name of the boat… I feel there's something he thinks is more important than this. There's something he wants us to do, or wants to do for us.

ALAN: What is it?

DUNCAN: Are you feeling trancey?

ALAN: Is that what he wants to do for us?

DUNCAN: I think so.

ALAN: Fair enough.

[Long silence as both baptists enter deep trance.]

ALAN: Duncan, I've just been trancing my tits off. Is it okay to ask some more questions now?

DUNCAN: Did you see lots of white light?

ALAN: Yeah. It was very intense, but spacey and peaceful.

DUNCAN: Did you see any visions?

ALAN: No. Did you?

DUNCAN: Yeah. I saw a building that housed lots of different people. Everyone was given a place in this building. Tempe was building it – or whomever. Very utopian.

ALAN: I suppose that [trance] does beat any shitty questions I've got. There's a place for everyone?

DUNCAN: Yeah. But a sense also that everyone is obliged to get along with everyone else.

ALAN: Everyone, and not just some?


ALAN: Shall I try asking some more questions?

DUNCAN: If you want.

ALAN: Is S3 the right name?


DUNCAN: Does that mean anything?

ALAN: No. Is it a joke?

TEMPE: A slice of Battenburg cake!

DUNCAN: Does he mean 2 squared, or four, or something?


DUNCAN: What's S3?

ALAN: S.S.S.: Servants of the Star and the Snake. Anything else?


ALAN: Am I correct in terms of the book on Thelema that I'm currently writing?

TEMPE: A snail, moving very slowly. Covering ground. Measuring its progress.

ALAN: Does it need to move faster?

TEMPE: Nothing negative.

ALAN: When will the opening of the grade of Ipsissimus occur for me?

[This is the Buddhist trance nerodhi samapatti.]

TEMPE: O or Q or zero. 32. October.

ALAN: October this year?

Figure X

DUNCAN: He has just given me a very weird symbol that looks familiar. It's like the symbol for Saturn. Something to do with alchemy, maybe? A cross at the top, and a rounded body. A closed figure, like a crowned glyph.

[This symbol has proved untraceable so far. It resembles the German character ß (Eszett) surmounted by a cross. (See Figure X.)]

ALAN: What about Duncan?

TEMPE: A honey bee.

ALAN: Does that mean Spring?

TEMPE: A dart. A lance.

[Duncan meditates three times as much as Alan does; he's an industrious 'worker' and as such nerodhi will happen quickly.]

ALAN: What is the answer to the riddle in The Book of the Law II: 76?

[Note that I did not give the actual riddle itself. This is the passage in question: '76. 4 6 3 8 A B K 2 4 A L G M O R 3 Y X 24 89 R P S T O V A L. What meaneth this, o prophet?…']

TEMPE: An entity. A combination of gods. A pantheon, but combined into one figure. Much planning, secrecy and effort has gone into its completion. They are perfectly balanced. It is like a machine.

ALAN: What is its purpose?

TEMPE: It is the concentration of immense power.

ALAN: Is it a barbarous word to be used in ritual?

TEMPE: Many gods rolled into one.

ALAN: Is there a way of unlocking the letters and numbers so that they form the names of these gods?

TEMPE: The letters are to be placed on a menorah, or the Tree of Life. A menorah with nine branches.

ALAN: By dividing them into those sections, will it spell the names of those gods?

TEMPE: The person responsible for the word lived centuries ago.

DUNCAN: It seems to be the Seventeenth Century…

ALAN: The author of the Stenographia?

DUNCAN: He looks like a Puritan. But I don't know what a Puritan would want to have to do with this.

ALAN: Can we have a name, Tempe?

TEMPE: Stephen. Stebson.

DUNCAN: I wouldn't trust that too much!

[Puritan John Milton wrote in cipher in the Seventeenth century. This requires further investigation.]

ALAN: What does verse 73 of chapter three of The Book of the Law mean? What are we to do with that command?

[Again, I did not give the actual passage, which is: 'III: 73. Paste the sheets from right to left and from top to bottom: then behold!']

: When someone is blind it is easy to characterise this as 'darkness'. But 'darkness' implies an absence of light. The true meaning of this passage is to see at a deeper level. Blindness is not the absence of sight; the question of sight does not arise. This talk of 'blindness' is just an example of the principle at stake. The meaning of the passage must be grasped at a level below that which apprehends it in terms of a negation.

ALAN: What is that deeper meaning?

TEMPE: Life and the nature of being human. Discovering the essence of the human.

ALAN: What is the key of it all?

TEMPE: The symbol for Gemini.

[Temple Gemini is the name for our two-man operation.]

DUNCAN: He's kidding us, I think!

TEMPE: 32.

ALAN: Not 31?

[31 = Frater Achad's 'key'.]


ALAN: Is our work in any way related to the prophecy of the one that would come after Crowley in The Book of the Law?

TEMPE: Plants. Bulbs. They flower and die. You see no trace, yet they return the next year.

ALAN: Does that represent work we've done in the past?

TEMPE: A monk.

DUNCAN: He's not happy with the way he's communicating. I think the difficulty at the beginning was due to him trying to find a better way.

ALAN: Okay. Tempe can you tell us the best way to communicate with you?

TEMPE: A golem.

ALAN: Do we need to make a physical representation of him?

TEMPE: Energy being poured into a cauldron and swirling around.

DUNCAN: I think he wants a more immediate medium.

ALAN: Like runes or the tarot?

DUNCAN: Or possession… I felt weird when we first started.

ALAN: So did I. Tempe, next time would you like to possess Duncan in order to communicate?

TEMPE: An unmanned surveillance drone under remote control.

ALAN: Are you okay to continue?

DUNCAN: I could use a rest.

ALAN: Because I was going to say maybe Tempe would like to try possessing you right now?

DUNCAN: I'll give it a go. I can feel him trying already.


DUNCAN: Lots of white light. Big trance-out. My throat chakra is kicking off something massive. Strong sense of presence, but I'm still me, although I'm trying not to be.

ALAN: Just relax, and when I ask questions let answers come out of your gob.

DUNCAN: All right. I can see him really closely, and am getting a strong sense of his personality.

ALAN: What's his personality like?

DUNCAN: You'd be surprised.

ALAN: Tempe? Can you communicate through Duncan?

TEMPE: We shall try.

ALAN [laughs]: What did you do to me and Duncan earlier?

TEMPE: Pressed some buttons.

ALAN: What buttons did you press?

TEMPE: The anterior and the posterior.

ALAN [laughs]: What did that do for us?


DUNCAN: This isn't feeling quite right. I'm having a massive trance-out.

ALAN: Just relax again. I'll ask him some more questions.

DUNCAN: There's a real sense of personality, though.

ALAN: Yes, I got that too. Tempe, is there anything we need to do to make your manifestation better?


ALAN: Tempe, feel free to speak through Duncan. Where are you from?


ALAN: Tempe, are you there?

DUNCAN: It's not happening.

ALAN: Aw, bollocks. Why is it not happening?

DUNCAN: It's still interpretation. It's like I can't get beyond getting symbols all the time. Even when I put it into words, it's still interpretation.

ALAN: Would he get on better if he tried to possess me?

DUNCAN: Give it a try.

ALAN: I need a piss. I can stay here, though – I don't have to move, do I?

DUNCAN: What? And have a piss?

ALAN: No. I mean sit over here, where I am. Shall we try?


ALAN: Why don't you try and speak through me, Tempe? [Silence.] I'm getting a bizarre swaying sensation!

DUNCAN: Are you there, Tempe?


DUNCAN: You're speaking through Alan?

TEMPE: I speak through Alan. The wheel revolves eastwards and westwards unto the City of Light where Goodness dwells. Upon the chariots of burning flames, the keepers and the key, where sentients believe. The castle's upon high. A moment's release.

[Inaction on Duncan's part.]

ALAN: Ask questions, Duncan!

DUNCAN: Tempe, what we've received from you today, was it received correctly?

TEMPE: Incorrectly. The mode was wrong.

DUNCAN: Should we write it all off, or are there bits we should keep?

TEMPE: Difficult to breathe.

ALAN: I get the sense it's not a write-off.

DUNCAN: Tempe, when you say it's difficult to breathe do you mean it's difficult to express yourself?

TEMPE: Yes, through Alan, but not through you.

DUNCAN: So were the parts of the message that were received through me – …

TEMPE: Here I come.

ALAN: I can see the tarot card THE EMPEROR. No, it's THE HIEROPHANT.

TEMPE: The hierophantic task is beholden. Time is unending. By now you should see that, can't you? Who is here to moan about the Truth? Not me. Nor you. The matter of fact I come to speak. Don't you see me, Duncan? Speak!

[Digital alarm clock near the altar unexpectedly goes off at this moment. Duncan stops it.]

DUNCAN: I can't see you, Tempe!

ALAN: I get the sense he wants you to talk to him, Duncan.

DUNCAN: Do you mind us asking you stuff like this, Tempe?

TEMPE: What is it I have come for but to enlighten you?

DUNCAN: Will these communications lead to enlightenment?

[Silence. Tempe uses Alan's body to reach and touch Duncan.]

TEMPE: Not ready yet.

DUNCAN: You seem to be handing out trance states to us.

TEMPE: Yes. What is it that you wish for?

DUNCAN: Knowledge and truth.

TEMPE: Don't we all?

DUNCAN: Are we going to get it from you, Tempe?

TEMPE: Not likely. There must be a reason for me to be here.

DUNCAN: There were the questions we asked earlier.

TEMPE: Shit.

DUNCAN: All of it?

TEMPE: Some. Not all. The basis is to advance, not to stall and wonder. Perhaps you've heard of me. And this is it. It is done. I'm gone.

ALAN: I can see THE HIEROPHANT again.

DUNCAN: Should we test you, Tempe?

TEMPE: What test can try me?

DUNCAN: Give us a sign.

[Tempe uses Alan's body to give Duncan the two-fingers.]

DUNCAN [laughs]: Is that the sign for Gemini?

ALAN: I get the sense there's no reason for him to be here. I just keep seeing THE HIEROPHANT. Is there anything else we want him for?

DUNCAN: Nope. I'm good.

ALAN: Thanks for coming, Tempe.

DUNCAN: Thanks, Tempe.

ALAN: Still a strong sense of presence.

DUNCAN: Yeah. Are you okay?

ALAN: Yeah. I can still sense him hanging around.

[Temple closed.]

Next: A Short Commentary on the Tempe Working

The Tempe Working

The Baptists chat with an astral representative of The Great White Brotherhood

Sunday 15th June. AM. Temple banished with LBRP. Incense of Abramelin burning on the altar. Alan calls upon the Great White Brotherhood with an ad hoc invocation. Duncan enters trance.

DUNCAN: A strong sense of presence. An impression of gleaming white robes. What is your name?

SPIRIT: Tempe.

['Tempe' = 23 = 'King' (i.e. enlightened). Also, in reference to time, 'Damned' and 'Fallen' (consciousness becoming temporal?). The Vale of Tempe in Greek poetry is a favourite haunt of Apollo and the Muses. It was home to Aristaeus, son of Apollo and Cyrene, where he chased Eurydice, wife of Orpheus, who, in her flight, was bitten by a serpent and died.]

ALAN: Can I address him directly?

TEMPE: 24. The Greek letter, psi (ψ).

[24 = 'Kings' (i.e. the body of enlightened beings, the A∴A∴). ψ is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. 'Tempe' = 23. Tempe giving 24, when his name equates to 23, is a means of announcing himself as a representative of the brotherhood.]

ALAN: Tempe, do you represent the Great White Brotherhood?

TEMPE: The word 'ASTRAL'. The symbol of an A surmounted by a circle.

ALAN: What does this symbol mean?

TEMPE: Psi (ψ).

['Psi' = 17 = 'Astral'. His presentation of the letter Psi followed by the word 'astral' demonstrates a knowledge of the English Qaballah. Tempe is thus an astral representative of the body of enlightened beings. ψ (in the Greek alphabet) = 23 = 'Tempe', so we are to take the symbol of 'an A surmounted by a circle' as Tempe's seal or sigil.]

The Sigil of Tempe.

DUNCAN: He holds a book and a crucifix. It is a book of tables. The one I can see is six squares by six.

[The 6 x 6 table is the magic square of the sun. The sphere of the Sun is the sixth emanation (Tiphereth) from the pure essence of God. To express this concept mathematically the square is composed of 36 squares (6 x 6). The numbers 1 to 36 are then arranged in a balanced way so that every row and every column add to the same number. That number is 111, and the sum of all the squares is 666.]

ALAN: Are these the answer to my question?

DUNCAN: I think so.

ALAN: What is the title of the book?

TEMPE: Lemegeton.

ALAN: Is it a specific page?

DUNCAN: The cross is in his right hand, the book in the left. The number of the book is 16. The cross is 23.

['Lemegeton' = 42 = 'knowledge', 'brothers', 'initiate', 'enochian'. 16 = 'Book', 'Magus', 'Camel', 'Kamael'. 'Crucifix' = 48 = 'Meditation', 'Illuminati', 'six six six'. 23 = 'Tempe'. Tempe is here represented by the crucifix, Alan (Frater Kamael) by the book. If Alan is the book, he is also 666 (as is Tempe, in a more circuitous fashion). Is Tempe here also announcing himself as a Right-Hand path magician, Alan as Left-Hand path?]

ALAN: Do you have anything to tell us?

DUNCAN: He's showing me your mala beads, with the skulls. One of the faces on the beads is different from all the others. It's upside down.

ALAN: What does that mean?

[The bead represents Alan, as revealed more explicitly later.]

TEMPE: The signs of Taurus and Aries.

DUNCAN: This is related to the beads…

TEMPE: A man wearing a laurel wreath. A king or caesar.

DUNCAN: When you travel you'll meet someone. This information is connected to that meeting.

ALAN: A member of the White Brotherhood?

TEMPE: 'The Ides of March'. A snake bracelet (or some form of adornment, perhaps a ring). A twisted snake, zig-zagged. Jovial, welcoming, and dressed in white. He has the number 60.

DUNCAN: I think the zodiacal signs have something to do with this: it's a date in March.

[Aries: March 21st to April 19th; Taurus: April 20th to May 20th. 'Laurel' and 'Ides of March' are both references to Caesar. The Ides of March occurs on March 15th, a Roman festival dedicated to Mars. A caesar or king dressed in white indicates an enlightened White Brother. 60 = 'Hierophant'. Summary: Alan will meet a Heirophantic White Brother in mid-March next year, and perhaps keep his company until mid May.]

ALAN: Why do I need to know this?

TEMPE: A right-angle, like a backwards-7. A swastika turning to the right.

DUNCAN: The meeting with this person represents 'a departure at right-angles', taking a new direction.

ALAN: Should I take a new direction?

TEMPE: A boat or a plane. A sunset. His number is 60 or 61. A butterfly.

DUNCAN: There is a good feeling about this. Is the butterfly 'psi', the soul? The number of psi is 14.

[The swastika represents involution, and thus spiritual development. 60 = Hierophant. 61 = 'concentration', 'supreme ritual', 'thirty nine' (39 = 'Abrahadabra', which is the supreme ritual too). 'Butterfly' = 39 = abrahadabra. The butterfly is the traditional symbol of Psyche (ψυχη), the soul. 14 = 'Khabs'. By asserting that the number of 'psi' (or psyche, ψυχη) is 14, Tempe is pointing to the union of Khabs and Khu (very roughly: 'corporeality' and 'essence') as the supreme ritual.]

ALAN: Can I ask you about my vision of LIN, the 22nd Aethyr?

TEMPE: A demon.

ALAN: Was my vision of The Adversary?

TEMPE: Crossed swords. A mouth eating something.

DUNCAN: It's like a Happy Eater logo. Something nasty, corporate, plastic about this…

ALAN: What is its number?

TEMPE: 18.

ALAN: Can you give me its name?

TEMPE [to Alan]: Your vision of the squid is a clue to its name.

[This refers to Alan's vision of the 22nd Aethyr. 'Squid' = 25 = 'devil', 'wrath'.]

ALAN: Is it The Great Old Ones?

TEMPE: Aquatic monsters. The Loch Ness Monster.

DUNCAN: This isn't literal. It feels like a pun.

ALAN: Can you spell out the name?


ALAN: What is its number?

TEMPE: 17.

DUNCAN: This doesn't feel clear…

['NONE' = 21 = 'Saturn', 'evil', 'moon', 'luna', 'fear', 'Anubis'. 17 = 'astral'. Perhaps NONE is an astral force? Tempe's opposite number?]

ALAN: Is NONE the name of one adversary, or all of them?

TEMPE: A sea creature with many heads.

ALAN: That means it's collective. Is NONE the force behind the Black Brotherhood?

TEMPE: A fighter-pilot with a blacked-out visor. No face.

ALAN: That's a 'yes' then. Are there existing bodies of magicians that work as Black Brothers in the sense that Duncan and I work as The White Brotherhood?

TEMPE [the runes]: TIR. ISA. RAIDHO.

ALAN: Does this mean that they are runic magicians? The Black Brotherhood are runic magicians?

DUNCAN: There is some more information to be gained from this…

TEMPE [a rune]: SIGEL. [Added to the end of the previous sequence.]


[TIR represents extreme motivation. ISA is stasis. RAIDHO is movement or a journey. SIGEL represents power and self-centredness. This is an extremely concise algorithm for the making of a Black Brother – extreme motivation turned backwards onto the self forming delusions of power.]

ALAN: What is the number of the sequence?

TEMPE: 44.

[44 = 'disappear', 'lust of result', 'sufferer'.]

ALAN: Will we have to do magical battle with the Black Brotherhood?

TEMPE: A crystal skull. A struggle inside it between purple light and darkness.

[Purple light is Thelemic, and represents the White Brotherhood. The darkness is the Black Brotherhood.]

ALAN: Does that mean the battle will be fought in the heads of people on this planet?

TEMPE: The mala beads.

DUNCAN: There is something special about one of the beads…

TEMPE: The oroboros.

DUNCAN: The symbol of the White Brotherhood is the beads. The symbol of the Black Brotherhood is the oroboros. One bead is separate from the rest, divided on the right-hand side.

[The oroboros is self-consuming.] 

ALAN: Does the different bead represent a person?

TEMPE: The bead changes from a skull to a living person.

ALAN: Who is it?

DUNCAN: I think it's you, Alan.

ALAN: Oh fuck.

TEMPE: 54.

[54 = 'Ankh-af-na-khonsu', 'instruction', 'Ra Hoor Khuit'.]

TEMPE: The symbol of The Tao. The yin and the yang separate and move in the same direction.

DUNCAN: This is bad, because one side is moving in the wrong direction. It is not clear which side…

ALAN: Does this mean that one side is winning?

DUNCAN: [Laughs.] From where Tempe sits it's not about 'winning' but operating in the correct way. One of the sides is not operating in the correct way.

ALAN: What will be the result of this?

DUNCAN: He's giving me answers before you ask the questions!

TEMPE: Sunrise over the earth. Intense light over the whole planet.

ALAN: Is this bad?

DUNCAN: Doesn't seem so…

[The intense sunlight is perhaps an allusion to the infantile belief that 2012 will herald a solar radiation extinction event. In other words, this is a symbol for the promulgation of false belief, or confusion of the planes.]

ALAN: Must something be done to move things in the right direction?

TEMPE: A cathedral is being built. A combination of all architectures: a mosque, an Indian temple…

ALAN: Does this mean we must combine the teachings? The One tradition?

TEMPE: The hare.

DUNCAN: This is some sort of archetype…

TEMPE: 23. 26.

Three Hares

[The composite religious building represents the perennial philosophy. 'Hare' = 23. 26 = 'magick', 'mystic', 'to know'. The hare in African folk tales is a trickster; many cultures see a hare in the pattern of dark patches in the moon. Recent research has followed the history and migration of a symbolic image of three hares with conjoined ears. In this image, three hares are seen chasing each other in a circle with their heads near its centre. While each of the animals appears to have two ears, only three ears are depicted. The ears form a triangle at the centre of the circle (cf. Tempe's sigil). The image has been traced from Christian churches in the English county of Devon right back along the Silk Road to China, via Western and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It is possible that even before its appearance in China it was actually first depicted in the Middle East before being re-imported centuries later. Its use has been found associated with Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist sites stretching back to about 600 CE (cf. the 'composite building' used by Tempe to symbolise unity of the teachings).]

DUNCAN: It feels like some kind of underworld experience. The answer to your next question is here!

ALAN: What is it?

DUNCAN: I'm not saying. Had you thought of a next question?

ALAN: Yes.

TEMPE: A comet. A celestial message.

ALAN: My question was: 'Does it represent regeneration?' So is this what needs to be done to ensure both sides work in the proper fashion?

DUNCAN: I'm getting a sense of harmony. The building is a kind of academy. Utopian. I'm standing back from this, a bit, but Tempe is really sincere. The comet was moving 'backwards' from right to left. I take this to mean going back into the past.

[We are to look to the past for the answer.]

ALAN: Are we currently going in the right direction?

TEMPE: Greek columns. Greek architecture.

ALAN: Is this related to our recent Platonic work?

TEMPE [to Duncan]: Athena. You must take your work with Athena further.

[Greek columns suggest the foundation of the Western tradition.]

ALAN: The Black Brotherhood and White Brotherhood are currently out of balance.

TEMPE: The Black Brotherhood and The White Brotherhood both have auras. The aura of the WB has too much black in it, and the aura of the The Black Brotherhood has too much white in it.

DUNCAN: I don't understand what sort of balance Tempe is talking about. It's clear to him, but not to me. It's as if there is an etheric and physical body and they have to be brought into balance. But I can't tell if the black brothers need white auras, or black, or what…

ALAN: Is he saying that the A∴A∴ has a physical body, and the The Black Brotherhood, but their etheric bodies are out of sync? The etheric body is not reflecting the physical body of the A∴A and the same for the The Black Brotherhood?

DUNCAN: But they're mixed up in each other. For one to be all white and the other to be all black simply locks them into division. That's not right either.

ALAN: What is the solution, Tempe?

TEMPE: A quaternity. Four quadrants. No colour and no identity to any of them

ALAN: That's the solution? Does that reflect emptiness?

TEMPE: There is no solution in duality.

ALAN: Are there people in the Black Brotherhood working to correct the balance?

DUNCAN: I don't understand what he's sending…

TEMPE: Frogs. Pond life. Spawn. 25.

[25 = 'folly', 'devil', 'silent', 'wrath', 'pity'.]

ALAN: It seems pretty clear to me!

DUNCAN: The next answer is here.

TEMPE: Solar radiation. Sunspots.

ALAN: I was going to ask where the battle would take place. This is obviously related to presenting the correct facts about things, my recent argument with an imbecile Voudon priest, and confusing the planes.

TEMPE: Solar flares. Solar storms.

ALAN: Is this metaphorical?

TEMPE: The flares are angels.

DUNCAN: So it can't be literal, then.

[Angels indicate thoughts and illustration. Solar radiation is metaphor, again a reference to confusing the planes and false belief.]

ALAN: Can you tell us anything about the Peak Oil crisis?

TEMPE: Earth and Jupiter combine. Earth becomes a small Jupiter.

[Cf. Rudolf Steiner: 'Earth will then be transmuted into the Jupiter condition. In Jupiter what we now call the mineral kingdom will exist no longer; the forces of this kingdom will have been changed into plant-like forces. Thus upon Jupiter the vegetable kingdom, though in a very different form, will be the lowest. Above it will be the animal kingdom, likewise considerably altered, and then a human kingdom, recognizable as the spiritual descendants of the bad humanity originating upon Earth. Lastly, the descendants of the good humanity will constitute a human kingdom on a higher level. This is the human kingdom proper, and a great part of its work will be to influence and ennoble the souls who have fallen into the other group, so that they may yet gain entrance to it.' Occult Science, chapter VI. Also, Gurdjieff proposed the idea of the progressive development of celestial bodies (i.e. planet into gas giant into star). Curiously, it has been discovered that Jupiter emits more heat than it absorbs…]

ALAN: Is that a natural progression?

TEMPE: A black helicopter, flying through Jupiter's atmosphere.

[It's not clear what this reference to The Black Brotherhood means. Have they caused a toxic atmosphere? Or is Peak Oil a con?]

ALAN: Can you tell us anything about global warming?

TEMPE: Water and no land. A black helicopter combined with a boat. The faceless fighter-pilot is at the controls.

[Rising sea levels? Again, is this something they have caused, or is it a con?]

ALAN: Is Peak Oil and Global Warming a plan of The Black Brotherhood?

TEMPE: Satellites beaming something onto the earth.

DUNCAN: It's not aliens!

ALAN: [Laughs.] I hadn't even formulated the question, but aliens had just popped into my head!

TEMPE: The squid.

DUNCAN: I'm getting tired…

ALAN: One more question…

DUNCAN: Do you want the answer now?

ALAN: Yes.

TEMPE: A fish that is ill. Poisoned, or hasn't been formed correctly.

ALAN: Does it represent Pisces? My question was about 2012…

TEMPE: It's not dead.

DUNCAN: Either it has been environmentally poisoned, or it never developed correctly. There is a sense here that both of these alternatives are attacks. It has been attacked from outside and from within.

ALAN: Is the fish the New Age movement?

DUNCAN: I can't say.

TEMPE: Yemen.

DUNCAN: The fish is connected with The Yemen in some sense. 2012.

TEMPE: 44.

Fish in Yemen

[44 = 'Thelemites', 'prophet', 'sufferer'. 'Fish' = 24 = 'truth', 'word'. 'Fish', in Latin, is 'ichthys' (transliterated from Greek). In English 'ichthys' refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish, said to have been used by early Christians as a secret symbol. Googling for 'Yemen fish' leads to the image shown, which is similar to the ichthys. A reference to Christ helps explain why Tempe appears with a crucifix in his right hand. Perhaps he is pointing us to the ichthys to suggest how the truth or word (as presented by the Christ) has been firstly ill-conceived and then intentionally degenerated. (Christianity arrived in Yemen with the British Empire, and is now almost completely extinct.) 2012 is not simply an ecological crisis, but will also be a metaphysical ordeal for humanity.]

ALAN: One more question?

DUNCAN: There is already an answer, but it's a strange one. Something to do with the moon…

TEMPE: A spoon. The moon.

DUNCAN: It's some kind of structure. I'll have to interpret the answer…

ALAN: Is there a plan concerning 2012 by The Black Brotherhood, which will come to fruition?

TEMPE: War machines. Tripods from War of the Worlds.

DUNCAN: The 'spoon' is a tool for taking something from the moon.

ALAN: Food from the moon?

DUNCAN: We can reach out and take food from the moon. It's a positive thing. The tripods are a negative thing. The spoon is something The White Brotherhood would use.

ALAN: A symbol of regeneration?

DUNCAN: Who knows? It's obviously non-literal.

TEMPE: Healing lunar light. 34.

[Moon and spoon are representative of consuming, healing Yin energy. 34 = 'pleasure', 'purple', 'mother', 'beautiful', 'vision', 'flower'.]

ALAN: What is the number of the tripods?

TEMPE: 14. 18.

[14 = 'slave'. 18 = 'play'. Is this a hoax, meant to enslave us?]

ALAN: Are they literal?

DUNCAN: They certainly seem something to do with machines…

ALAN: Will it be an alien hoax?

TEMPE: The faceless fighter-pilot.

ALAN: Anything else to tell us?

TEMPE: The man you will meet…

DUNCAN: That's weird. In your vision of LIN you saw a gnome with a pineapple. That was the equivalent in your vision – it's the same person. The one you're going to meet.

['Gnome' = 27 = 'Horus', 'child', 'servant'. 'Pineapple' = 49 = 'fruition', 'dissolution'. Will this man provide the means to enlightenment?]

DUNCAN: Tempe is leaving.

ALAN: Can we contact you again, Tempe?

TEMPE: Yes. But it is to be regarded as a major thing when you do.

ALAN: So that's only on special occasions, then?

DUNCAN: That's a 'yes'.

Temple closed without banishment.