Criss Piss Memorial Library

The Criss Piss Memorial Library is a private library (including books, periodicals, videos, and audio CDs), with well over 700 books, for study and reference by the members of Scarlet Woman Lodge. It is maintained at the temple space, and is accessible during most regular Lodge events or by members who hold a key to the Lodge.

Who was Criss Piss?

Criss Piss was the monicker of Richard Christopher Legener, a Master Magician of O.T.O. who died of lung cancer while a member of Scarlet Woman Oasis in 1996 e.v. Born in 1954 (Sun in Sagittarius), he was an artist in many media. He was a musician, and his band involvements included Creeping Things, Circle Kaos, and Ex Pistos. In his music, and in his daily discourse, he was an aggressive critic of the political establishment and religious hypocrisy.

He joined the Order in Berkeley, California, taking his Minerval Degree at Thelema Lodge, where he also organized classes and rituals. His esoteric interests were reflected in his music and his drawings.

Criss willed his substantial personal library to Scarlet Woman Oasis, and it became the foundation of our current collection. He is survived by his wife Ariadne, his son Alex, and his step-daughter Becky. Ariadne was the original librarian, and she hosted regular library nights at her own apartment for a while, until the collection moved to the then-new Austin O.T.O. Temple.

Read about SWL Library policies about who is eligible to borrow books, how to check out books, and other items regarding the library.