As you likely know, Genesis P-Orridge has been battling leukemia for the last year. A few days ago, she was admitted to the hospital, as she was unable to breathe without oxygen. Gen's lungs have become blocked with fluid, which her doctors had previously attempted to remove with a suction needle. This failed, as the fluid has become too viscous and thick. Gen now needs to undergo full surgery to clean out her lungs—a serious and potentially life-threatening procedure.
Without Genesis, Magick.Me would not exist. She is my primary teacher—Genesis trained me in magick from the ages of 21 to 27, in the same manner and method that William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin trained her in magick in the 1970s. That is my primary lineage. Other important lineages were added later, as I trained in more systems, but this is where it all began. Because of Gen's investment of time and love in training me, Magick.Me now exists in the world.
More broadly, it is very likely that without Genesis, occulture and the widespread interest in magick simply wouldn't exist. Gen's decades-spanning work in liberating consciousness is why occulture exists as a social movement, rather than the activity of a few isolated individuals. That includes everything from creating industrial music in the early 1970s and championing acid house in the 1980s, to popularizing Austin Spare's sigil method, advancing Burroughs and Gysin's occult methods for breaking social control, and forming Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth to liberate magick from the British establishment and bring it to working class people around the world. These are all activities for which Gen already paid a high price, culminating with being forced into exile from Britain in 1991.
Today, Gen made a request on Instagram for you to send compassionate and healing energy to her to assist in the success of her surgery, as well as visualizing her surgeons succeeding in cleaning out her lungs. She has also requested that you visualize her girlfriend Susana Atkins smiling and happy tonight, after the surgery. If you can, please take a few moments this morning and throughout the day to visualize the success of Gen's surgery and her return to health.
Gen currently lives on little to no money. Despite her incalculable contributions to culture, esoteric transgression does not pay a pension or provide a safety net. She faces mounting medical bills and is plowed under by day to day expenses. Outside of occasional DJ or band gigs (which she is no longer healthy enough to do), she has no income. This means that she is currently living only on donations. And this, to the great shame of our society and its values, is the same position that similar esoteric titans like Robert Anton Wilson and Sasha Shulgin were reduced to at the end of their lives. As our ever-growing occulture (or, as I hope it continually becomes, Ultraculture) matures, it is my great hope that we can do better by our elders.
Genesis currently has a GoFundMe set up, which is her primary source of income. Please assist with a contribution—whatever is appropriate for your current situation—to aid in Gen's speedy recovery, medical bills and return to health. The link is here:
Thank you for your caring and compassion (as Gen would say, Big L-ov-E), and I'm hoping to share news of Gen's speedy recovery with you all very soon.
PS (WHERE TO GET UPDATES ON GEN'S CURRENT CONDITION)
Many people are of course asking about what the latest with Gen is. I am in regular contact with her but the family have asked me to keep privacy until Gen decides to make a statement. I will update you as soon as I can (and am updating regularly on the status of the campaign) on social media—you can see updates at my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please follow Genesis directly on Instagram which is primarily where she posts messages and updates.
PPS (ABOUT ALTERNATE METHODS OF DONATION)
There are now a few alternate ways to donate. PLEASE donate to the GoFundMe rather than using these if you can (I don't want more money shaved off by more payment processors), but if that doesn't work for you, you can use one of these.
PayPal donations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to mark the payment as SEND TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY instead of 'Pay for Goods and Services'. (That way PayPal won't shave off the top.) Also, you MUST mark the transaction "For Genesis" so I know what it is for. I will make sure Gen gets it.
We can also take cryptocurrency donations. All donations will be sold at the current market rate and sent to Gen. We can take Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, ZCash and Bitcoin Cash. Where available, please note "Genesis P-Orridge" on the transaction. Here are wallet addresses to use:
If none of the above work for you, and you want to do Venmo, you can message me on Facebook.
Please try the Gofundme first, but if you're in a pinch, go ahead and use one of the above methods, and I will make sure it gets to Gen. 🙏
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