Si Valetis, Valeo
It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of an incredible human being, loving Brother and Master Magician.
On December 21, 2017 David Cherubim left his earthly body behind and moved into the great unknown. He’s one of the old goats. The last of the dragons. I am saddened to hear of his passing. The world is a little bit less magical without him.
David was a musician of considerable talent, having been schooled in classical guitar. Together with his unique voice and songwriting talent he wrote many songs about Thelema. I don’t think his contribution to promulgating the Law through his musical writing can be understated. He has been more successful in this arena than most. David headed a band called The IllumineNaughty and was signed and released his EP “Enter The Darkness And There You Will Find The Light” with Cleopatra Records in 2006.
He dedicated his life to the study of magick and Thelema in particular. He started the Aleister Crowley Foundation and the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn. Both of which show just how much of his work was influenced by Aleister Crowley. David was also a published author and editor who has contributed to many books, including some very controversial occult classics. But most important to me, as an individual, David was my friend.
David Cherubim and I rented a house in Eagle Rock during the 80’s and we called it Bhakti Temple. We were close friends for many years. We lectured together, lived, loved and created a magical environment where everyone was welcome. The kind of magick we dabbled in would be legendary but people neither believe nor perform magick like that anymore, so the stories of our shenanigans will forever be cloaked in doubt. I think he would be ok with that.
We met at the Psychic Eye bookstore on Ventura Boulevard. I attended one of his classes and we instantly hit it off. We began hanging around, since as it turned out we lived but a few blocks from one another. He was an OTO member and recommended that I attend Mass.
So we ended up in Baphomet Lodge in LA. My first mass ever with James Eshelman as priest and the Beautiful and Anna-Kriah King as priestess.
The place was packed. Present at that Mass was Phyllis Seckler, Marjorie Cameron, and the guy wearing that big Lucifer Rising jacket was Kenneth Anger. That was the beginning of what would be my version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
Eventually we ended up renting the house in Eagle Rock. It was nothing short of magical. We painted the two front windows on the garage from the inside as two giant Strength and The Magician tarot cards. Four or five days after moving into this house, a local church had got new pews and a Pulpit and were getting rid of the old ones. So we picked them up and lined the garage with pews and a Pulpit from which David, myself and anyone else that felt qualified, could teach.
It wasn’t unusual to see David doing tarot readings in the dining room while I taught a Qabalah class in the living room. We had a Coke machine in the living room in which we kept bottles of Lowenbrau so people could deposit $0.25 and get a beer to enjoy while listening to our lectures.
After performing a Venus working for a partner, David met a girl named Gilda, from Honduras. That ritual ended up being the basis for the cliche that one should be very specific for what they ask for. It was hilarious and she was most certainly “his demon.” Apparently, they later married. She passed a few years later from brain cancer.
There’s just no way to draw you a picture to explain how it was at Bhakti Temple. In order to do so you would have to really believe in magick and in the concept that a handful of people dedicated to something they really believed in could use magick to manifest it on Earth. You just had to have been there.
During this time David began thinking about The Thelemic Golden Dawn, which he founded with Israel Regardie. I conceptualized and began writing initiation rituals for Ordo Solis Occulta which would later morph into what you see here: The Order of Thelemic Knights.
He was my Brother and friend. The kind of magick we dabbled in would be legendary. People neither believe nor perform magick like that anymore, so the stories of our shenanigans will forever be cloaked in doubt. I think he is ok with that.
Thank you, David. For all of your work, your friendship and most importantly, for showing me that Thelemites are capable of great compassion, humor and wit. Enjoy your never ending kiss with Our Lady of Stars.