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Autumn 2021 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Wed, 29/09/2021 - 21:20

The Autumn 2021 issue of Agapé, the official journal of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available. This and all previous issues can be found here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Jason Augustus Newcomb

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 17/09/2021 - 19:11

Author Jason Augustus Newcomb and TN host Harper Feist discuss aspects of Magick, and especially Tarot!  Do you like Thoth? Rider? Rider-Waite? What does the imagery say to you?  As Jason developed his own Tarot, New Hermetics Standard Tarot Deck, he took many things into account.  Check it out!  And visit Jason's website

Thelema Now! Guest: Peter Grey

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 17/08/2021 - 23:25

Peter Grey is a writer, and the co-founder of Scarlet Imprint. He is the author of The Red Goddess (2007)which has become the standard work on the goddess of Revelation. His Apocalyptic Witchcraft (2013) has been called the most important modern book on witchcraft, placing it in the mythopoetic context of the sabbat and in a landscape suffering climate and ecological collapse.

Peter and Thelema Now host Harper Feist discuss those works as well his latest, The Two Antichrists, which discusses Jack Parsons' Babylon working.  Check it out! 

Summer 2021 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 07/08/2021 - 23:56

The Summer 2021 issue of Agapé, the official journal of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available. This and all previous issues can be found here.

5 signs that you are using religion to control others

ModernGnosis - Sat, 07/08/2021 - 03:27

In a world where religion is often used for control, this blog post will help you recognize when someone else may be using your beliefs to manipulate and control you. If any of these signs seem familiar, know that it’s not too late. Let go of toxic relationships with those who don’t respect your boundaries and take back the power in your own life! 

1. You are trying to force your religious beliefs on others

Your religious beliefs are causing a divide in society.

You’ve somehow managed to convince others that your religion is the only right one and they’re trying as hard as possible to convert everyone else into following it, too. It’s not just their way or no way – it’s all of us living under these oppressive rules if we don’t follow them!

2. You have stopped listening to the needs of those you love and instead focus only on what will benefit you

You have given up all sense of perspective in order to do whatever it takes for your own good, even if that means taking away anyone else’s happiness because they don’t matter as much as yourself.

3. Your partner is not allowed to go out with friends or date other
people because it would make them “unclean”

Your partner is not allowed to go out with friends or date other people because it would make them “unclean” but you’re still going. What’s more, your mate feels guilty when they do have a night off for themselves and feel like they need your permission before making any plans. You are twisting religion into something that benefits only yourself and no one else – which doesn’t sound very holy now does it?

4. When someone disagrees with you, they are labelled as “evil” or “a sinner”

The word ‘control’ can have positive implications such as exercising discipline and self-restraint; however, in this context, we are referring to an unhealthy form where individuals using religion for control will often decide what’s right and wrong without listening to anyone else – making decisions based solely on their understanding of scripture. It might start out seemingly innocent enough by only verbally criticizing someone when they do something against doctrine, but soon escalates into issuing threats which could be physical abuse if disobeyed. This type of behavior isn’t limited strictly to religious practices

5. You believe that God wants your family to be perfect – even if this means hurting yourself or another person in the process

You may be using religion to control others if you believe that God wants your family to be perfect – even if this means hurting yourself or another person in the process. This harsh standard could lead people who are not as spiritually strong, for example, those with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety disorders, from believing they deserve anything other than punishment by their maker. In addition, it can bring about one of two outcomes: either slave-like obedience due to fear of eternal damnation or an escape into addiction because “anything is better” than being saved but damned.”

The post 5 signs that you are using religion to control others first appeared on Moderngnosis.

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Thelema Now! Guest: Cath Thompson

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 01/07/2021 - 22:07

Cath Thompson is an English Qaballist and Stellar Magickian of thirty-seven years experience; in 1980 she was the youngest initiated member of James Lees’ O.’.A.’.A.’.. She is the author of The Magickal Language of the Book of the Law: An English Qaballa Primer, A Handbook of Stellar Magick, and All This and a Book, all published by Hadean Press.  She tells Harper Feist about "Ordeal X," planetary rituals, and more! 

Thelema Now! Guests: Springfield IL Esoteric Authors

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 08/06/2021 - 23:58

The place that President Abraham Lincoln called home, where Frank Lloyd Wright built a house, and a small town with past and present practitioners of ritual! 

Enter Jack Grayle, Zemaemidjehuty Setepentoth and Sam David, three acclaimed occult authors that live within a mile of one another in Springfield IL. 

Excuse me while I pack my bags!  This place sounds awesome!  The Springfield Chamber of Commerce might not be down with it, but host Harper Feist sure is.  (And so is Thelema Now!) 

To find out more about these gents, visit: 

http://www.ixaxaar.com/ (The second run of the Hekataeon is sold out, but check for other info.) https://theionpublishing.com/ (The Book of Flesh and Feather and the Litanies of Thoth) https://www.anathemapublishing.com/ (The Rod and Ring)

Spring 2021 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 20/04/2021 - 05:21

The Spring 2021 issue of Agapé, the official journal of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available. This and all previous issues can be found here.

Diversity education modules available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 11/04/2021 - 02:52

The U.S. Grand Lodge Diversity Education team, part of our Diversity Taskforce, is pleased to announce the availability of six educational modules addressing diversity and inclusion. This important milestone is aligned with one of our core values: “We believe that a membership free from unfair discrimination is essential to accomplishing our Mission, and reject doctrines that promote bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance.”

Thelema Now! Guest: Zemaemidjehuty

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 02/04/2021 - 19:17

Zemaemidjehuty (Zemmi) is a poet-priest and theurgist in service to the Great God Djehuty. The founder of the Church of Flesh and Feather, his work and research focuses amongst others on the mysterious Coptic Christ and Sophia, Kemetic Djehuty, and the conflation of the three as divine aspects of the same Supreme Deity.  He speaks to Harper about his book, The Book of Flesh and Feather. Check it out!

 

Thelema Now! Guest: Deja Whitehouse

Thelema NOW! - Sun, 28/02/2021 - 19:16

Deja Whitehouse completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Bristol: In Search of Frieda Harris in January 2020. During 2017, she was engaged by the Warburg Institute to catalog the Frieda Harris correspondence held in the Yorke Collection.

She speaks with Harper Feist about her research and what she's uncovered! Deja is the author of Mercury is in a Very Like Ape Mood, which examines Lady Harris's complex relationship with the God Mercury.

Thelema Now! Guest: Sonia Bible

Thelema NOW! - Sat, 30/01/2021 - 23:05

One of Thelema Now's most popular guests steps in as a host! Richard speaks to Sonia Bible. Sonia is an internationally award-winning documentary writer and director.  "The Witch of Kings Cross" is her first feature. The film is about artist Rosaleen Norton, who faced allegations of satanic rituals, obscene art, and sex orgies in 1950s Sydney. But was she just a victim of harassment? Give a listen! The film will be released worldwide on February 9th!  The iTunes pre-order link is live -  https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-witch-of-kings-cross/id1546061846?ls=1.

find out more about the film - visit the website witchofkingscross.com

Winter 2021 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 24/01/2021 - 22:08

The Winter 2021 issue of Agapé, the official journal of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O., is now available. This and all previous issues can be found here.

NOTOCON 2021 cancelled

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 03/01/2021 - 22:33

Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the slow pace of immunization, we have, with much reluctance, decided to cancel our arrangements with the Denver hotel for NOTOCON XIII this year. If all goes well, NOTOCON XIII will be held at the same venue in the summer of 2023 ᴇᴠ. We will be skipping 2022 ᴇᴠ to keep with our odd-year history and to avoid interfering with other events scheduled for the summer of 2022 ᴇᴠ.

The Conference Committee is currently investigating various alternatives for online U.S.G.L. membership events this summer. We also encourage local bodies to continue scheduling their own online events throughout the year.

Thelema Now! Guest: Roger Williamson

Thelema NOW! - Sun, 03/01/2021 - 20:19

93 and welcome to 2021! Yay! And not a minute too soon. 

To kick off the year right, TN's own Harper Feist spoke to Roger Williamson, who also a Minnesota resident (by way of England). Roger is a visual artist as well as a writer, and in 2020 he re-released his book "The Sun At Night."  Find out more about Roger at his website, RogerWilliamsonArt.com

U.S. Grand Lodge 2019 annual report

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 28/11/2020 - 00:20

The 2019 annual report of U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O. has been published. This and all previous annual reports are available here.

In memoriam: James Wasserman

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 22/11/2020 - 23:40

James Wasserman, American writer and occultist, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18th 2020, surrounded by family.

Wasserman was born in 1948. After attending Antioch College, he spent several years traveling the U.S. in search of spiritual teaching, studying with various teachers of meditation and other occult disciplines. He settled in New York City in 1973 and began working at Samuel Weiser’s Bookstore, then the world’s largest English language occult specialist. In 1977, he left Weiser’s to establish Studio 31, offering full-service book production and graphic design.

In 1976, he joined Ordo Templi Orientis, having explored Aleister Crowley’s system of Scientific Illuminism. In 1979, he founded Tahuti Lodge, one of the oldest continuously operating O.T.O. lodges in the world.

He played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the literary corpus of Aleister Crowley. Three of the most important examples are:

  • He supervised Weiser’s 1976 edition of The Book of the Law, in which the holograph manuscript was appended to the corrected typeset text of the O.T.O.’s 1938 publication. This was executed in conformity with the book’s instructions, the first time this was done in a popular volume.
  • After several years of negotiation, he successfully arranged to professionally re-photograph the Crowley-Harris Tarot paintings for an improved second edition of the Thoth Tarot deck published in 1977, to which he contributed the Booklet of Instruction.
  • In 1983, he helped to produce The Holy Books of Thelema, the critical collection of Crowley’s inspired (Class A) writings.

In addition to his interest in religion and creative mythology, he maintained an ardent passion for political and personal liberty. He was a devoted student of the United States Constitution, the writings of the Founding Fathers, and Libertarianism.

For more information on James Wasserman and his works, see the James Wasserman Books website.

Local body public events calendar

OTO US Grand Lodge - Wed, 18/11/2020 - 20:30

The Education Committee of U.S. Grand Lodge provides a Google calendar which includes public events offered by an ever-growing number of U.S. local bodies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all O.T.O. activity is currently happening online. This means that you can attend events hosted by local bodies all over the country without leaving home.

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley on Red Wheel / Weiser Books

abrahadabra.net - Mon, 05/08/2019 - 18:17

The reissued version of Rodney Orpheus’ book Grimoire of Aleister Crowley is now available worldwide from Red Wheel / Weiser Books. You can buy it from Amazon and all good bookstores!

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AII AII

Thelema93-L - Sun, 12/05/2013 - 22:25
93s to what seem to be generally more advanced Thelemites than I. I was pleased to discover www.outer-college.org has the Student Oath and reading list with
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