Having recently released the initial Temple image, on the LAShTAL.com, I have decided to release a few more views, on my personal blog, for those who are interested along with a brief update.
Firstly, I must thank a couple of people have been very generous with their time and resources. James Gosling & Richard T Cole (who sadly, I have not heard from in a while).
We now have rendered up the “shell” of the Abbey and have hit a bit of a stumbling block. The internal murals, painting and furniture proves to be illusive, in regards to information . We have gleamed partial insights into the furniture and the rooms the Abbey contained. This resulted in the floor plan being slightly altered and the room names being changed, to reflect those titles, the inhabitants gave the rooms. The updated plans can be found at this link. Latest revised Abbey of Thelema Plans -Rev C.
We retrieved information from various sources. For example the 100th Monkey Press has a invaluable resource, from which the THE
YORKSHIRE POST 13 APRIL 1934 INVITED TO “TRY MAGIC” IN COURT, article can be found. The Great Beast by John Symonds has a very detailed description of the Temple space. This totally went under my radar and I can thank a Brother for pointing me to this books pages. Also used the Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920 – 1923 from the College of Thelema for further insights.
Bill Hendrick also provided, via his website, the “Tourist Guide” Essay that Aleister Cowley penned for the Abbey of Thelema. Whilst this is purely a written description, it will prove useful as to identifying what murals go on what walls. Richard T Cole did have a illustrated adaptation of this on his website, though it has since been taken offline unfortunately.
We are awaiting a copy of Richard’s book, Thelema Revisited : In search of Aleister Crowley that is kindly being provided by James Gosling. As Richard is unavailable, via any of the means of contact I had for him, this will be my best point of reference. I do hope that he is well and safe.
A request for assistance was also submitted to the Ordo Templi Orientis, via their US Grand Lodge Website. It has yet to bear fruit.
Finally a massive thank you to Mr. William Pollock of Arcgraphics, without whom this 3D project would be dead on its feet.
Our next step is to take one room, one wall at a time and try and obtain the best images available to us, for inclusion in the render.
So If anyone knows of, or has high res images of the murals, in their best state, please let me know and email me at email@example.com.
So here are some images! Kindest regards & 93’s.
Recently, on the LAShTAL.com forums a request was made for the actual dimensions of the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu, Italy. This simple request for information prompted me to use my skills and experience and attempt to record the Abbey’s particulars into as complete a set of plans, if I could. The shell of the building has been confirmed and agreed, with Abbey researcher exemplars as Richard T Cole, Anna Apostolidou and other regulars on the LAShTAL Forums, who have an in-depth knowledge of the building. The result is the .pdf contained within this post. It includes floor plans, elevations and a section, along with a few images and a blog piece from Latetitia on http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/aleister-crowley-s-thelema-abbey.
The second stage of the process involves creating a shell of the Abbey in 3D software, then attempting to render it with the murals etc.
Having secured the assistance of a visualization expert, that I have personally worked alongside the last 15 years, I do have hopes that the resulting model, will portray the Abbey of Thelema as accurately as can be established, when in use by Crowley, in 1920-1923.
It is well documented the images that it contained. Details or photos of them though in their entirety, are scarce
The thing is, the Abbey now looks like it’s barely holding together. Many murals, paintings and sketches, carried out by Aleister Crowley’s and others own hands will never see the light of day. Parts of them have, they were revealed in part by Kenneth Anger’s trip there in 1955.
Click on the link below to download or view the plans of the Abbey of Thelema
Without access to the actual blue prints of the original building, it is extremely difficult to try and assess the actual structure.
Also, having not physically been to the Abbey and surveyed the building personally, dimensions, heights and layout are based on Richard T Coles
detailed analysis that is included in his “Thelema Revisited – The search for Aleister Crowley” publication. Richard has been invaluable in this project.
If you have any further information in regards to the actual layout, structure etc please email me
The next stage of the project is to create a 3D walk through. Initially it will be a shell but with analysis of each room and photos of the murals, I may be able to render them as best I can. If you have high quality images of the murals, then please forward them to me for inclusion at the email address above.