Review of J.Wolfe's Cefalu Diaries

Hello readers,

After graduating college in the mid 90's I spent a summer vacationing in Europe.  Before leaving for Europe I found a copy of Crowley's Book 4 on the clearance shelf of my local book seller.  I read it throughout my travels not really able to grasp most of it but I learned of the Abbey of Thelema and the death of a young man which led to Crowley being kicked out of Sicily.  I found this rather fascinating and decided that I would go and find the Abbey.   On a bright summer day and after paying a local to draw a map to it's location I stood unimpressed outside the Villa Santa Barbara.  Back then the roof was still intact, the windows and entrances weren't bricked up, the trophy hunters hadn't ripped the plaster off the walls destroying what remained of the artwork, nor was there a fence surrounding the property.  I tried to imagine what life at the Abbey must have been like but I found no answers.  Decades went by and my interest in the 93 current has ebbed and waned.  Then I stumbled upon one of Alostraels diaries from her time at the abbey and this renewed my interest.  Gathering more information I found Jane Wolfe in the cast of characters and that the Temple of the Silver Star had made her diaries from the Abbey time period available.  My curiousity got the better of me last week and I ordered a copy.

It's a pretty easy read as Jane typed most of her enteries.  It follows a strict format which can be a bit repetive as the same practices are done over and over again with varying results.  It's interesting to see her abilites and self control grow over time.   It also gives good insight into what Uncle Al was teaching his students.  As for life at the Abbey it's touch and go with some mention of key events and characters. Reading Crowley's notes in regards to Janes astral visions and yoga practice is an added bonus but only when you can make out what he scribbled.  I think if you are a serious student of  Crowleys this book could be helpful in understanding the "whys and what fors?" involved in his training method.   Like most of the material regarding the OTO and Crowley you'll most likely discover some new pearl of wisdom with each reading. 

Views: 17


You need to be an initiate of Temple Illuminatus to add comments!

Join Temple Illuminatus

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook


Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs


Visit The Temple
on Facebook:


Blog Posts


Posted by Sky a.k.a. JD Aeon on May 26, 2020 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

The Watchers

Posted by Quingu on May 22, 2020 at 5:30pm 8 Comments

The End (Blood Ritual)

Posted by Quingu on May 19, 2020 at 4:00pm 2 Comments


Posted by Sky a.k.a. JD Aeon on May 9, 2020 at 12:20pm 0 Comments

The Burning Serpent

Posted by Quingu on May 7, 2020 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

The Naga

Posted by Quingu on May 5, 2020 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Available Only

Posted by savlove on May 5, 2020 at 10:42am 1 Comment


Posted by Sky a.k.a. JD Aeon on May 1, 2020 at 3:31am 0 Comments

Enki the Trickster

Posted by Quingu on April 22, 2020 at 6:12am 0 Comments

Pure(blood)ed Seraph (III)

Posted by Quingu on April 22, 2020 at 5:30am 0 Comments

The Serpent like Cherub (II)

Posted by Quingu on April 20, 2020 at 1:57pm 0 Comments


Posted by Rosey on April 17, 2020 at 11:44pm 3 Comments

Daily card #1

Posted by cloudberry on April 16, 2020 at 1:11am 1 Comment


© 2020   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service