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.
I have been an official member of the above site since July 10, 2006. Prior to this, I could have been affectionally called a “Lurker”, ie. someone who pours over the daily interactions between members, new news/event posts, image galleries, interviews, downloadable texts and other facets of information about Aleister Crowley’s life and sub sequential impact on culture and society. This resource has no doubt aided many on the Thelemic path, as well as assisting those looking into research for books or topics that could be linked to Aleister Crowley , his legacy and influence.
There comes a time though, when these abundant resources have equally abundant costs. The solitary owner and a couple of extremely helpful coders can only prop up the defences against the tide, alone, for so long. Currently there are only 8 donators, contributing roughly £5/month, the owner pays the difference from his own pocket. Having come from a standard forum and developed into the interactive site it is today has been a slow evolution, one that with each passing year requires more and more financial backing. Having seen Kick-starter campaigns for substandard causes on Facebook almost daily, leads me to think about starting one up for LAShTAL itself, (might be best done by the actual owner of the site). Maintaining its online presence is vital. There are also many guests of various orders, groups and solitary individuals, frequenting its pages and threads. Some incognito, some obvious, some righteous and some silent, all have taken something of worth regardless. Is that not worth protecting? Where else can you find such a comprehensive resource on Uncle Al’s life, legacy and Thelemic thought ? Nowhere thats where. So please help and donate.
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