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Order of the Lion and Order of the Eagle

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 23:11

The materials for the Order of the Lion and Order of the Eagle have been transferred from the Invisible Basilica to the U.S. Grand Lodge public website.  They can be found here:

Orders of the Lion and Eagle

Revolutionary

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 23:02

Congratulations to MUOPS on their appointment by the Electoral College as Revolutionary.

Thelema Now! Guest: Tracey Rollin

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 06/10/2017 - 21:12

Tracy Rollin talks to Thelema Now's Harper Feist about her book, Santa Muerte – the History, Rituals and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death. 

The book takes a look at Santa Muerte, the famous folk saint widely associated with the Day of the Dead. Credited with wielding vast influence in the lives of her devotees, she is the central figure of the fastest-growing new religious movement in the world today.

This book surveys Santa Muerte as an aspect of the dark feminine, the bringer of death that Is crucial to all life. This perspective is surveyed through the lens of Santa Muerte’s European and Aztec roots, including the Catholic beliefs and practices that helped shape them.

To find out more, visit Tracey's website traceyrollin.com 

Welding For Spiritual Activities

ModernGnosis - Sun, 01/10/2017 - 08:00

Religion has been in a steady decline ever since scientific discoveries started debunking many of the theories proposed by religion. Fewer and fewer people today in the developed world bother to partake in religious activities such as going to the church. Many have even turned to atheism, believing with certainty that God does not exist. Others remain on the fence about the existence of God or simply don’t care. While religiosity has been in steady decline, spirituality has been given more focus. After denouncing religion, many people need something to fill the void in their lives with and need to feel a connection a higher power. Spirituality plays this role.

The great thing about spirituality, as compared to religion, is that it is much looser in its demands and requirements. You don’t need to follow a book or attend church every Sunday to be spiritual. Spirituality is brought about by an awakening within. After a spiritual realization, a person can use their newfound knowledge and wisdom of the world in a number of ways. There are a number of activities that one can participate in to enhance their spiritual enlightenment. Welding is one such activity.

The act of welding requires a great deal of concentration and steady hands to carry out. To weld effectively, one needs to channel their thoughts and energy into thinking about how the two metals are being joined together. As you can imagine, this is a pretty spiritual exercise.

Welding cannot be performed without proper gear. Even spirituality can’t protect a person from the health hazards of welding. Only sturdy and well-built protective materials can accomplish this. As such it’s important to deck yourself out with proper protection before picking up the welding torch. The most important piece of protection is the welding helmet. It protects every part of the welder’s face from multiple harms. The helmet shields the face and neck from the sparks and heat produced by the welding torch. Most importantly, it guards the eyes against energetic UV radiations produced by the oxyacetylene or oxyhydrogen flame of the torch. The helmet accomplishes this by using a special tinted material for the visor. The problem with this, though, is that it can be so dark that looking at anything other than the flame may be impossible. Hence, a welder would need to take the helmet on and off when working. To circumvent this issue, there are now helmets with visors available which can change their intensity. These auto darkening helmets (bestweldinghelmet.review) employ a special type of material for the lens of the visor which can vary the amount of light they allow to enter depending on how bright what you’re looking at is.

One of the most prominent brands in the field of welding helmets is Hobart. All of their helmets are sturdy, reliable and dependable. What differs from model to model in the line-up is the features and specialties of the helmets. For example, cheaper helmets don’t have auto darkening lenses while the expensive ones do. The more expensive helmets usually have larger visors which allow you to see more and have a larger field of viewing when wearing the helmet. You can read Hobart’s helmet reviews here:https://bestweldinghelmet.review/hobart/ find out which model is the best suited towards delivering your needs.

In conclusion, spirituality and welding go hand in hand. Both activities complement each other well and require some common skills to excel. Being spiritual automatically makes you a better welder and vice-versa.

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Application Forms for Non-Initiate E.G.C. Baptism and Confirmation

OTO US Grand Lodge - Fri, 22/09/2017 - 18:36

Baptism and Confirmation in E.G.C. have long been available to those who have not (yet) taken Minerval initiation. Effective immediately, candidates for non-initiate E.G.C. baptism and/or confirmation must complete and submit an application form/questionnaire prior to scheduling of the ceremony. These forms are available from either the E.G.C. Secretary, the Grand Secretary General, or the Document Control Officer. Approval is tacit unless the candidate has been convicted of a felony. For further information, local body officers and E.G.C. clergy may contact the E.G.C. Secretary or the Grand Secretary General.

New Strategic Planning Cycle

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 10/09/2017 - 18:20

In 2005-2006 e.v., the National Grand Master General formed a Strategic Planning Group for the purpose of outlining the vision and goals of our Order in the United States. These Brothers and Sisters undertook the complex task of setting goals Order-wide. Some of the results of this effort can be found in the “Mission & Planning” section here on the USGL website. Many of these goals of the original strategic plan have been accomplished, but some remain aspirational. We thank the members of the group for their service.

In this new strategic planning cycle, we face challenges that call for a more streamlined and “agile” process than the deliberative process used previously. To that end, we are pleased to announce that on August 22nd, 2017 e.v., the Executive established the office of the USGL Strategic Planning Secretary, and appointed Sr. Melissa Holm to that office for a renewable term of five years.

The Strategic Planning Secretary will act as a consultant and facilitator to the governing bodies and leaders of USGL in the formulation of strategic plans in their areas of focus, ensuring that these plans are in alignment with USGL stated goals and priorities, and tracking incremental project progress toward the fulfillment of these goals.

Sr. Melissa’s plan is to implement the planning process over time, in quarterly increments–contacting USGL officers each in their turn to initiate the goal setting process. The first steps are already underway. The membership will be able to follow along with the progress of the strategic planning process via regular reports here and in Agapé.

Leagues and Collectives

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 20:41

In keeping with a tentative announcement made by the National Grand Master General in his NOTOCON X address about “National Guilds,” the Executive has now established a program of member interest groups to be supervised and managed by the Supreme Grand Council, effective immediately. Membership in these groups is limited to O.T.O. initiate members in good standing. These groups will be divided into two classes as follows:

1. “Leagues” are trade, craft, or professional groups within U.S.G.L. corresponding to Guilds as defined in the Blue Equinox; but operating with the approval of, and responsible to, the Supreme Grand Council of U.S.G.L. Applications for League status require the signatures of at least five initiate members in good standing who are currently resident within the geographical jurisdiction of U.S.G.L.; must include draft Bylaws and Standing Rules; and are to be submitted to the GSG for approval by the Supreme Grand Council. Leagues are expected to report their membership and activities annually to the GSG in February for the previous calendar year. Any League can be closed at any time and for any reason by the Executive.

2. “Collectives” are informal special interest groups operating with the approval of, and responsible to, the Supreme Grand Council. Collectives operate under guidelines issued by the Executive. Collectives may be formed for study, discussion, and practice of a variety of topics and disciplines of interest to OTO members; such as art, music, history, philosophy, poetry, alchemy, astrology, tarot, various systems of divination and ceremonial magick, etc. Applications for Collective status require the signatures of at least seven initiate members in good standing who are currently resident within the geographical jurisdiction of U.S.G.L., and are to be submitted to the GSG for approval by the Supreme Grand Council. Bylaws and standing rules are optional for Collectives, but if developed, they must be submitted to the GSG for approval by the Supreme Grand Council. Collectives are expected to report their membership and activities annually to the GSG in February for the previous calendar year. Any Collective can be closed at any time and for any reason by the Executive.

 

Thelema NOW! Guest: Peter Mark Adams (1 hour)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 17:56

Thelema Now's Harper Feist and author Peter Mark Adams discuss Sola-Busca tarot and Peter's book The Game of Saturn.

The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites. Fascinating stuff!

To find out more about Peter's work, visit his website petermarkadams.com

Visit Peter's acedemic page at: liverpool.academia.edu/PeterAdams

To order The Game of Saturn, which is limited to 800 copies, click here!

Thelema Now: David Hertzberg, the composer of The Wake World libretto

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 24/08/2017 - 17:08

Thelema Now welcomes composer David Hertzberg!   At the end of the interview, please listen to Mr. Hertzberg's original composition Meditation Boreale

Composer in Residence David Hertzberg and director R.B. Schlather take visitors on a fantastic journey through the treasured galleries of Philadelphia's The Barnes Foundation. This performance will run at the Barnes from September 18th - 25th.

In this performance, two of the early 20th century’s most prolific and polarizing artistic visionaries collide: physician, collector, and writer Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951) and Aleister Crowley (1875-1947).

In a one-act opera inspired by Crowley’s "The Wake World," visitors will experience Dr. Barnes’s collection like never before as they follow a wide-eyed seeker and her guardian angel on a dreamlike voyage. Works of art jump off the gallery walls and into the action as the museum is transformed, with the voices of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus drawing the audience through a mystical world of hallucinatory vividness. 

For more info and tickets, visit operaphiladelphia.org

Statement from the Supreme Grand Council

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 20/08/2017 - 17:12

It is no secret that Aleister Crowley’s writings include a number of statements that are demeaning to women and to specific racial or ethnic groups. We make no attempt here to justify or explain away those statements. They are what they are, and they are now part of our history as an organization. However, at this time, we find that ideas of the inherent superiority of one sex over the other, or of the inherent superiority or inferiority of specific “races” or ethnicities of humanity, relative to each other, are not supported by the best science, and are contrary to our stated goals of promulgating the Law of Thelema and realizing the age-old vision of the Universal Brotherhood of Man, which includes all Humankind. Therefore, the U.S. Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis hereby formally and unequivocally rejects all such ideas. O.T.O. draws strength from diversity; we welcome the participation and friendship of Thelemites of all sexes, genders, “races,” and ethnic groups, and from all cultures; and we are committed to opposing their unfair treatment, within and without the Order. We further remain committed to opposing ideas and doctrines–whether religious, political, philosophical, or pseudo-scientific–that tend toward the enslavement of the human spirit, which indwells “every man, every woman, and every intermediately-sexed individual.”

Adopted unanimously, An. Viii Sol in Leo, Luna in Leo; 20 August, 2017 e.v.

Formally ratified and endorsed by the Executive and National Grand Master General, same date.

Unanimously endorsed by the Electoral College, 22 August, 2017 e.v.

NOTOCON XI keynote address

OTO US Grand Lodge - Wed, 16/08/2017 - 22:32

The Grand Master Sabazius has published his keynote address from NOTOCON XI. All eleven of his NOTOCON keynote addresses are available here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Aaron Leitch (30 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 21:37

Frater Puck talks with Aaron Leitch, who is a senior member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the academic Societas Magica. A scholar, practitioner, and teacher of Western Hermeticism, the Solomonic grimoire tradition, and Enochian magick, he has authored such titles as Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical Language: Vols. I and II and The Essential Enochian Grimoire.

Check out Aaron's website

Policy Statement about Establishment of Good Report

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:54

While the attestation of two sponsors of the requisite degree in good standing is normally considered sufficient to establish the good report of a candidate, the Executive may rule, on a case-by-case basis, that a candidate’s good report has not been established by the attestation of the sponsors. In such a case, the Executive may either reject the application or return it to the local body for reconsideration, with or without a time delay. In addition, the Executive may, at its own discretion, disqualify one or more of the original sponsors from serving again as the sponsor for the same candidate.

USGL annual report for fiscal year 2016

OTO US Grand Lodge - Wed, 28/06/2017 - 21:32

U.S. Grand Lodge has published its annual report for fiscal year 2016 (Vii AL). The report includes financial and statistical information about the ongoing work of U.S. Grand Lodge.

Thelema Now! Guest: Carl Abrahamsson 2017 (42 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 28/06/2017 - 18:28

Let's get loud!  Frater Puck and Carl Abrahamsson talk in person at a lively coffee shop about newest issue of his journal Fenris Wolf. 

You can check out Carl's works at: carlabrahamsson.com and trapart.net. Order Fenris Wolf at by clicking here!  

Also - listen until the end to hear the composition "UnconsciousSexuality" by Carl and his wife Vanessa Sinclair. 

 

 

Why You Should Partake In Physical Exercises To Improve Spirituality?

ModernGnosis - Thu, 15/06/2017 - 06:03

Usually, people indulge in physical exercise because of the health and wellness benefits, but physical exercise actually offers a lot of spiritual benefits too. It is pretty obvious that moderate physical exercise can help keep your body fit. Even activities like multiple brisk walks during the day, or spend some time on exercise machines a treadmill, rowing machine or an upright aerobic machine can help.
However, there are quite a few spiritual benefits that you can gain by motivating yourself to develop and maintain an exercise routine as a part of your everyday life.

Physical Exercise Can Help Clear Your Mind

Numerous studies have proven and verified that physical exercise can be pretty beneficial for the brain and can help ensure that the brain remains healthy. With regular physical exercise, a fresh supply of oxygen-rich blood will be transported to your brain. If you do some physical exercise everyday, it will lower your chances of feeling angry, anxious, depressed, sad and/or stressed. Physical exercise will clear your mind.

Physical Exercise Can Help Increase Your Mental Capacity

You will likely agree that physical exercise can help you stay in better physical shape, but that will also help you focus better. Throughout your life, you will find yourself performing numerous tasks that will require additional brain power, and you will be able to exert that extra brain power if you just spend one hour exercising first.

Physical Exercise Can Help Make You Physically Agile

Physical exercise will strengthen your body, which will lead towards energizing, refreshing, rejuvenating and revitalizing your spiritual life. When you are physically agile, you will be able to help others who are not capable of helping themselves and you will experience spiritual fulfilment as a result. If you are not physically active during your life, you will feel sick, slow and/or tired frequently, which will make you dependent on others and you will not be able to be helpful to others.

Physical Exercise Can Help You Become Disciplined

Adapting and maintaining a regular exercise routine as a part of your daily life requires a great deal of disciplined. If you managed to be disciplined in terms of physical exercise, that discipline will even transfer to other areas of life, including your spiritual formation. If you are disciplined in your physical training, then you will also end up being disciplined in everything else that you do.

Physical Exercise Can Help You Gain A Sense Of Purpose

This spiritual benefit of physical exercise is an extension to the physical agility that you will gain by exercising regularly. Since you will be physically agile, you will be able to make yourself useful while getting even more exercise and you will not have to feel like you are leading a meaningless life. Physical exercise will even help you gain a sense of accomplishment as a result of being able to help others, which will further enhance your sense of well-being.

Conclusion

Once you begin exercising regularly, you will start experiencing all of the above spiritual benefits in addition to your improved health and well-being. You will feel more awake, energetic and focused. Your mind will be alert and clear. It may not seem so, but physical exercise is one of the many ways that can lead you towards achieve spiritual fulfillment. Best of all, you can even exercise right at home simply by investing in a rowing machine, treadmill, upright aerobic machine, or some other exercise machine.

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Spiritual Workers using Pressure Washer 

ModernGnosis - Tue, 13/06/2017 - 12:47

A pressure washer for washing your car is better than washing it using your bare hands, which not only wastes time but also does not give your car that sparkling look. Spiritual workers love to spend most of their free time in their respective religious institutions. They have little time to do basic sanitation even for their car. Have you wondered why most businesses are located around religious institutions? There is a correlation between spending and worshipping. The belief in the supernatural being gives them hope such that they do not mind spending on what they think is valuable as long as it promotes their religious values.

Some spend longer hours in the worship houses, they prefer to run some errands as they worship. They can pack their cars for washing and head to the religious institutions to talk to their supreme being. A pressure washer is a good machine for any spiritual worker since it does not contradict any of their religious doctrines. Which house of worship hates cars? Unlike alcohol where some of the workers feel it contravenes their beliefs and may not want to engage in the business.

Religious leaders advocate for faith with action, at the same time they need part of the income as their offering. A spiritual worker who may want to engage in the business will get all the support for they know if he is a committed member they will be the main beneficiary.

Time is a challenge in most of the spiritual institutions. When they decide to engage in car washing business using a pressure washer, it will give them the ample time to concentrate and work for the supreme being they believe in. The business will not take more of their time; in fact, they will have free time even to attend night vigils. Imagine if a spiritual worker owns a wines and spirits business, it means he will have to spend most of the time attending to customers who not only violate his spiritual belief but also does not give time to dedicate their life for their spiritual wellbeing.

Just like any business, one is prone to challenges, especially during the teething stage. The message of hope spirituality advocate gives him the will and power to look at the problem from a positive angle with a hope for improvement. It is common for one to go through a tough phase in life and the only option friends and relatives give is to pray. This means, spiritually uplifts one’s faith and hope to anticipate for the better position in future despite the current challenges.

You cannot rely on your spiritual being for your business. There are no miracles; instead, one has to get the right pressure washer and the best attitude to have a higher market share in the car wash business. The rules of entrepreneurship and professional skills come in handy, spirituality builds on your foundation and develops patience and resilience in life. Spiritual Workers using Pressure Washer for washing your car promotes the spirit of entrepreneurship.

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Thelema Now! Guest: Deborah Castellano (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Mon, 12/06/2017 - 21:21

Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is the latest book from Deborah Castellano. She discusses the book - and well as how to use glamour effectively - with Thelema Now host Harper Feist. 

Thelema Now! Guest: David Shoemaker (2017) 30 mins

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 19/05/2017 - 18:00

Dr. David Shoemaker returns to Thelema Now to discuss his latest work, Karl Germer Selected Letters 1928-1962.

Karl Germer (1885-1962) was Aleister Crowley’s successor as head of the magical order A.’.A.’. and Outer Head of Ordo Templi Orientis. His legacy, however, is mostly known through the work of his students and confidantes. Little has been published about the life, teachings, and spiritual experiences of this most dedicated Thelemite. In an effort to shed some light upon Germer's life’s work, the Temple of the Silver Star now makes available this selection from a lifetime of correspondence.

You'd be crazy not to listen! 

Spiritual massage – A remedy for body and mind

ModernGnosis - Mon, 15/05/2017 - 00:40

Everything we do in our lives has a certain spiritual element to it. Some tasks and activities drain our spiritual energy, whereas others boost it. Getting a massage is one of those activities that can substantially impact our spiritual lives. More often than not, a particular bodywork session can have an almost sacred feeling, and make you feel like you have transcended the boundaries of the material world with the use of oil and massage table(www.pickmymassagetable.com). By getting a spiritual massage, you will find yourself completely immersed in a state of peace, and connected with your very essence. By connecting with your inner spirit, you will find restoration for both your mind and body. Simply put, a spiritual massage will provide you with a vast array of resources necessary for spiritual transformation and healing.

If you intend to immerse yourself in an experience like this, you should know that it is not something that can be forced in any way. However, in order for the massage to be fully effective, there are particular conditions that need to be met, in order to enable a free flow of spiritual energy. These include:

 – A strong feeling of safety

 – Neglecting the expected outcome

 – A meditative object that acts as a focus point

 Safety and comfort

Perhaps the most important condition of these three is the feeling of safety. That primal feeling of safety comes from having a sense of privacy, having full confidence in the abilities of the massage therapist, feeling comfortable, and being listened to and respected. Having the knowledge that you are treated with respect and accepted is important, as much as knowing that your therapist can rise to any challenge with passion and respect.

Feeling comfortable and safe on the outside is just one side of the coin. Feeling safe on the inside is important, as well. This feeling involves you believing in your ability to handle and overcome your emotions and pain. Overcoming these is a major step towards achieving fullness and spiritual harmony. The best way of achieving spiritual connection is to break down your defenses against your inner fears. Even though that can be a bit unpleasant, breaking these barriers is usually the best way of enabling the free flow of energy.

 Meditative focus

Another important element of a spiritual massage involves you reaching a meditative state. A massage therapist that possesses strong meditative skills and a refined touch, can substantially aid in reaching this state. Once you reach it, your senses will become much more relaxed, and you will experience much less distraction, in regards to the actual bodywork. Instead, the therapist’s gentle touch will become the focus of your concentration. If your focus starts to wander off into various thought areas, you can easily restore it by restoring your awareness back to the therapist’s strokes, and the physical sensations they cause. Also, a good thing would be to watch your own breath, and not force yourself with slow or deep breathing.

Lastly, do not think about the actual outcome of the massage. By putting too much mental effort into shaping the final results, you will not feel relaxed, and your thoughts will be bound to that image. By letting your thoughts go, you will feel your essence and connect with your inner-self. By doing that, you will achieve clarity, joy, peace, and new-found mental strength.

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