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Thelema Now! Guest: Scott Stenwick

Thelema NOW! - Mon, 10/04/2017 - 16:54

Scott Stenwick gave the lecture Enochian 101 at Leaping Laughter Lodge. Enjoy!

Camera Used for Religious Activities

ModernGnosis - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 08:07

A camera is a must-have gadget like a phone, it helps you capture scenes for future reference and make spiritual activities memorable. Religious activities involve mountain hikes; prayer sessions in caves; outdoor mission and crusades. All these functions need a camera for both personal references and develop a documentary for the religious organizations. Donors and sponsor value images as a proof or the urgent need for help. Look at websites of religious organization involved in donations and international funding; they are filled with images taken from the real life to emphasis on the need to help and to organize a mission for the involved parties.

 

How then do you get the real shot and a picture of good quality? They type of camera comes in handy for this case. A comparison of Canon’s Rebel line and a GoPro camera will be a good guide on what features to check when purchasing a camera for religious activities. Some of the features to check in a good camera include

  • A high magnification lens to ensure it captures a wider background.
  • The pixels of the camera to improve on contrast, texture and image quality of the religious function
  • Ability to have a shock and waterproof function to help support outdoor religious functions in extreme weather conditions
  • Durability of the camera, this comes when it is made of durable material, which is not prone to cracks and breakages.
  • Advanced settings of the camera to accommodate varied environments and light intensities.
  • A camera with an inbuilt flash helps to detect changes in the light to enhance the picture quality of the object.

Research from various digital experts and brought to you by The Cam Critic shows that all cameras are good it just depends on how a user displays various settings and incorporate the natural lighting system during the function to come up with better image qualities.

Why use a camera during religious activities?
  • Capture video and images

Most cameras have a video function apart from the photographing. When you are working on a budget but you need to take a video of the activity for the archives a camera comes in handy.

  • Social media shares

The social media platforms allow posting of videos and pictures to your wall, groups, and pages. A camera helps to take the pictures for your friends to have a view of the religious activities as a norm or to encourage them to visit the place. Most of the time, people upload good poses and images on social media for emotional fulfillment.

  • Educate the public

Photographing is a simple way of educating individuals about varied subject areas. During the religious missions, it shows the value of religion in social interactions.

  • Keeps memories

Some of the places you visit for religious purposes stick in your memory and passed from generation to generation. How will people know you had such a function without an album of the same?

Just like any function, a camera is vital to maintain the memories and educate the viewers of the impact of the religious functions for the public.

 

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Thelema Now Peter Levenda 2017

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 19:49

Drawing on decades of experience, author and historian Peter Levenda turns to the novel as the best and perhaps only way to tell a story that has to be told – that hidden within the tales of America's most iconic writer of gothic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, runs a vein of actual terror.

Gregory Angell, the present-day descendant of George Angell in Lovecraft's “Call of Cthulhu,” is summoned by a nameless covert agency of the US government to retrieve a sacred book from the grasp of an Islamist terror network operating out of northern Iraq, in the land of the Yezidi. Peter explains where all this comes from and how he had to continually update the book in light of current events.  

Spirituality vs Guns – The mystery of achieving true Spiritual Connectedness

ModernGnosis - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 08:15

For as long as there has been man made weapons and biometric safes, there has been a debate whether spirituality and guns have something in common. This is especially true when it comes to guns. In the last couple of decades, we have been witnesses to mass shootings, and other violent crimes committed with guns. These unfortunate acts of violence, have led many of us to think about whether there is some yet unknown spiritual mystery about guns. The real question here is, whether we need guns to guns to control our fears and maintain our spirituality.

Many of us would agree that our spirituality rests on two main pillars, love and fear. Most people associate love with superficial feelings, or material items, like roses or some other gifts. The truth is, that love is much greater, above our mental grasp, and it represents our connection with our Spirituality and God.

Love vs Fear

You are probably one of those people wondering whether you should use guns, whenever you feel threatened or afraid. In order to find the real answer, you need to look deep into your soul and see whether your spirit is guided by Love or Fear.

Delving deep into your thoughts, you will find that Love is the real answer. Fear is not. Fear is just our mind’s way of coping with the unknown. Man fears that which he doesn’t know. By letting fear overtake your mind and body, you will become irrational, senseless, and irresponsible of your actions. By resorting to violence and guns, your spirit will deteriorate, and your connection with it will break down. From a spiritual perspective, no violence is justified. Guns have a very singular purpose. They are tools of violence, and nothing else. Yes, you can use them, in dire situations. when your or your loved ones’ lives are in danger. But, whatever the reason might be, your spirituality will suffer.

By avoiding violence and refusing to use guns, you will reconnect with your spirit. That way you will remove the boundaries that your ego and your body have set up in the form of fear. This is a life changing truth, and you should never let yourself get derailed from the path of spirituality, by those who only seek to hurt one another, and whose actions are governed by their fears and anger. However, the sense of fear is an inseparable element of the human psyche. We all act sometimes from fear. But, mistakes are usually made by those who defend themselves with guns, thinking that they are somehow contributing to the safety of the world and justice. Using guns only perpetuates violence. It breeds the “eye for an eye” philosophy, and promotes over-reliance on fear-based tools, like guns, as a false substitution for real safety.

By outright refusing to use guns, and other tools of violence, you will find your true spirituality. You will realize that you don’t have to hurt other human beings, in order to protect your physical body. By avoiding violence, you will overcome the false feeling of fear. By overcoming the fear, you will break down the barrier that prevents you from truly connecting with your spirit.

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Thelema Now! Frater Ashen Chassan (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 25/01/2017 - 20:41

Thelema Now host Harper Feist speaks to Frater Ashen Chassan about his new book Gateways Through Light and Shadow. This is the second book by Bryan Garner, (aka Frater Ashen Chassan) and in it we are again offered the illuminating opportunity to observe and learn from a practicing magus engaged in his Work. 

To checkout Gateways, click here!

Thelema Now! Guest: Thomas Hatsis

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 29/12/2016 - 22:49

In our final podcast of 2016, Thelema Now host Frater Puck speaks with Thomas Hatsis about his book, The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic. Find out what old-school witches were really up to and how you can recreate those ancient recipes!  Great stuff!  

To order the book - click here!

Thelema Now! Guest: David Shoemaker 2016 (38 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 19:57

Returning to Thelema Now is David Shoemaker!  The Living Thelema author talks to Frater Puck about his newest project The Winds of Wisdom

To learn more and order books, visit livingthelema.com/

Thelema Now! Guest: David Shoemaker 2016 (38 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 19:57

Returning to Thelema Now is David Shoemaker!  The Living Thelema author talks to Frater Puck about his newest project The Winds of Wisdom

To learn more and order books, visit livingthelema.com/

Thelema Now! Guest: Brandy Williams (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 18/11/2016 - 16:39

Thelema Now's host Harper Fiest talks with Brandy Williams about what it's like to be a woman in Thelema, how times have changed, and how they need to change some more! Her book, For the Love of the Gods, The History and Modern Practice of Theurgy, Our Pagan Inheritance, is available now on Amazon and other fine book sellers.  And check out Brandy's website, brandywilliams.org

Infographics: Religious Indicator

ModernGnosis - Sat, 29/10/2016 - 11:16

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9 Reasons Religion is So Powerful

ModernGnosis - Mon, 24/10/2016 - 11:16

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How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

ModernGnosis - Tue, 11/10/2016 - 11:08

Oftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, part and even at a coffee shop.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.

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Grimoire of Aleister Crowley SOLD OUT!

abrahadabra.net - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 22:41

The first edition of Rodney’s Orpheus’ Grimoire of Aleister Crowley is now SOLD OUT. There are currently no concrete plans for a reprint of the hardcover version, but we will be looking at options for a softcover version going forward.

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Thelema Now! Guest: Matthew Marble (24 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 04/10/2016 - 20:46

Thelema Now's Frater Puck talks to Princeton University grad Matthew Marble about his dissertation Buddhist Bubblegum: Esoteric Buddhism in the Creative Process of Arthur Russell.  (You can read the full dissertation here.

For the uninitiated, the late Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, producer, singer, and musician whose work spanned a disparate range of styles. Trained in contemporary experimental composition and Indian classical music, Russell found success in downtown New York's avant-garde and disco scenes in the 1970s and 1980s.

A prolific recording artist, Russell produced a considerable collection of material over the course of his career, including a number of successful underground dance hits under various aliases, but his near-chronic inability to complete projects resulted in a limited amount of released output; World of Echo (1986) would be his only full-length solo album to see release during his lifetime. Russell also collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, poet Allen Ginsberg, musicians such as Peter Zummo and David Byrne, and DJs such as Walter Gibbons and Nicky Siano. He died from AIDS in 1992, still in relative obscurity and nearly broke.

His music lives on - so check it out!

The Importance of Religion Today

ModernGnosis - Sat, 01/10/2016 - 16:28

More and more people are seemingly drifting away from religion, converting themselves from strong followers of a belief, to becoming an atheist who knows no God. But despite of what other people say, religion is still important. It’s a part of our history, and also a current part of ourselves.

Religion is important because…

…it fortifies the confidence of one’s self. Religion provides us something to believe in. It feeds us the idea that everything we do is divine and for worship. This gives people the desire to go out and work each day.

…it has an impact on the political system. Back in the days, religion has played a very important role. And even until today, it still affects the activities and decisions made in the political world. Political leaders take oaths in the name of God, before they can take the seat in the government.

…it affects the economy. One of the many examples is the rise of capitalism, influenced by the Protestant ethics. Meanwhile, the Hindus is very specific of spiritual improvement over material, thus materialism doesn’t develop in India.

…optimum source of social solidarity. The most important requirement to be able to a call group of people a society are the existence of social values where each person controls his/her actions, and of the others. Science nor technology can’t fill this aspect. Science didn’t teach us to obey our parents, nor did technology teach us to be honest at all times.

…it is a medium of socialization and social control. Those who believe in a religion digest certain ideals and values from their belief. It can help the young generation of today to become moral, disciplined and socialized individuals of the society. Religious places also control the behavior of people at a various point.

…it changes animal qualities to human qualities. Religion demands the people to be charitable and kind-hearted. With different religious experiences, a believer forgets the worldly life and the problems that come with it. These experiences discourages the animal desires, and changes the animal aspects of each person to human qualities.

…it promotes social virtues. Through religion, we learn things such as truth, honesty, peace, service, love, morality, and a lot more. A believer of a religion absorbs these social virtues and turns into a disciplined individual of the society.

…it teaches us that doing the wrong things have consequences. If you kill someone, you will not only commit a crime, but you will also take a life of another person that is not yours for the taking. If you lie to someone, you will not only hide the truth from him/her, but you also breaks that trust that he/she has in you.

…it keeps people, specifically depressed ones from committing suicide. We live in a mean world where it is confusing and complicated. No one really knows what happens when we die. Religion is created to answer questions such as, why are we here. Who put me in this world? How was the world made?

 

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Registration open for NOTOCON XI

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 16:00

The eleventh biennial National O.T.O. Conference (NOTOCON XI) will be held in Orlando FL on August 11-13 2017. Registration for this event is now open. You can also reserve a hotel room at the venue. Watch the NOTOCON XI website for updates on speakers, scheduling, and more.

Calendar events outage

OTO US Grand Lodge - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 22:08

We are having technical difficulties with providing information about upcoming U.S. Grand Lodge events on our website. We will have these back in working order as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can always consult the full calendar hosted by Google here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Joseph Peterson (2 hours)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 21:26

WOW!  This is a long one, but a great one.  Buckle up for this two-hour lecture from Joseph Peterson on the Sworn Book of Honorius.  


Joseph Peterson is a renowned scholar of the magical grimoires. Through his web site esotericarchives.com, Joseph has made ancient grimoires availalbe to the public for study and research for many years. His annotations with his notes and research has provided unequaled insight and understanding to modern magicians seeking to tap into the lore and power of the traditional Grimoire traditions.

Thelema Now! Guest: Sallie Ann Glassman (39 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 19/08/2016 - 18:26

Thelema Now talks to one of our favorite people - Sallie Ann Glassman.  Sallie tells host Harper Feist about her journey to New Orleans, doing public ritual, and working with spirits.  Check it out! 

Lon DuQuette: 40 Years in the O.T.O.

Speech in the Silence - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 13:16
Speech in the Silence continues to publish in a new form on YouTube. This previously unreleased material features Lon DuQuette reciting his material from his NOTOCON X lecture entitled "40 Years in the O.T.O.: Observations and commentaries on the growth and evolution of the O.T.O. since my Minerval initiation in 1975 EV to today."
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