A Few Thoughts about Jim W.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I just attended (via Zoom) a memorial service for Bro. James Wasserman, who died on the 18th of November last year. Jim and I has a rather tempestuous relationship. He had strong beliefs and opinions, and he stood by them. I have strong beliefs and opinions, and I stand by them. Jim’s and my beliefs and opinions did not always align–to put it mildly! We clashed on a number of occasions. Despite all that, I always considered Jim an honored Brother and a true friend; and I believe that he felt the same way about me.
Jim’s dedication to Thelema, and to the Order, was deep and unwavering–I never questioned it. He was always eager to help whenever Soror Helena or I needed his services for a project (from the publication of the USGL presentation edition of Liber AL to the production of the hakama worn by the deacon in our East/West fusion Mass at Notocon IX, which was printed with the Thelemic salutations in Crowley’s hand)–and his services were reliably prompt and competent. When we got together in person, he was always kind, interesting to talk to, and funny. Despite our differences, I couldn’t help but like him.
Further, I would be negligent if I did not acknowledge his enormous contributions to the rebuilding of the Order during the McMurtry era, and beyond. Without his energy and persistence, the East Coast OTO would never have enjoyed the support of the firm foundation on which it now rests. He was truly one of the titans of the modern OTO.
May he be granted the accomplishment of his True Will.
Love is the law, love under will.