The Scarlet Letter
Mom: Do you know what the O.T.O. is?
Sigma: Uh, it's a kind of a church?
Mom: Sort of, although it is the E.G.C. that is the church. The O.T.O. has, ah, magicians.
Sigma: Oh, well, magicians are much cooler.
Sigma: Because they do cool pyrotechnical stuff like throwing copper into fires to turn the flames green. I saw them do that Samhain.
Mom: What is The Book of the Law?
Sigma: It is a book written in three parts by Aleister Crowley when he was supposed to be hearing Ra Hoor Khuit.
Mom: Do you think he was hearing Ra Hoor Khuit?
Sigma: I don't know.
Mom: Who is Ra Hoor Khuit?
Sigma: The Egyptian God of War!
Mom: And what did this god tell Crowley?
Sigma: I can't remember exactly. Something about curses and engines of war. Whatever that means; I'm sure it's important.
Mom: What is the Stele of Revealing?
Sigma: An old Egyptian picture.
Mom: Why is it important to Thelemites?
Sigma: Because it is an old Egyptian picture, silly. All old Egyptian pictures are important, at least, that's what I think.
Mom: What do you know about magick?
Sigma: Well, I know they do really cool pyrotechnical things. Ra Hoor Khuit probably rules really cool pyrotechnical stuff.
Mom: Tell me about Will.
Sigma: I hate him.
Mom: Hmmmm... okay, who is Aleister Crowley?
Sigma: He's an old guy.
Mom: What did he do, besides listen to Ra Hoor Khuit?
Sigma: He did old guy stuff. He wrote The Book of the Law.
Mom: Why do we talk about him all the time?
Sigma: Because he wrote a bunch of really cool books.
Mom: Can you name a few?
Sigma: (sneaking a glance at the bookshelf), ah, 777, The Holy Books of Thelema, Book 4. And The Book of the Law.
Mom: Have you read any of those books?
Sigma: Hey, give me a break, I'm only in the sixth grade! Maybe when I get to the seventh grade, I'll read them!
Mom: Okay, Okay! Back to Crowley, was he a magician?
Sigma: I think so.
Mom: Do you think he did really cool pyrotechnical stuff'?
Sigma: No, he wasn't cool. He was old.
Mom: What do you think about the Gnostic Mass.
Sigma: Um, it's rated X! I don't really know what to think about it. I don't think I should criticize people, and besides, I don't know what's good and what's bad because I've never seen any other kind of Mass, just banishings and stuff. Once I got to help.
Mom: What are initiations?
Sigma: I don't know! No one will tell me! Maybe if I get one of those engines of war...what are those for real?
Mom: I can't comment on that, I'd be a Center of Pestilence!
Sigma: My Mom, a Center of Pessimist? Does that mean you're a bad influence?
Mom: I think, Sigma dear, it's time for you to go to bed!