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Thelema Now! Guest: George Pendle (58 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 22:19

You know that kooky TV show "Strange Angel" on CBS All Access (which no longer streams through Amazon Prime - thanks Amazon)?

Well, it's based on a book of the same name by George Pendle!  George talks to Harper Feist about the book, the TV show, Jack Parson, and rocket science. Because Harper knows a thing or two about blowing stuff up. Listen and learn. 

Thelema Now! Guest: Jake Stratton-Kent (70 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 22:32

Jake Stratton-Kent has been a goetic magician since 1972, making more than forty years of continuous goetic practice. His practical work integrates the magical papyri, Italo-French grimoires in particular the Grimorium Verum and African traditional religions with a focus on Quimbanda and magia negra. His interest in magic spans the ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern as well as stretching from the West to the Middle East and crucially, the New World.

To learn more - click here!

Thelema Now! Guest: Joseph Peterson (2018) (80 mins)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 30/08/2018 - 20:50

Joseph Peterson spoke at Leaping Laughter Lodge in Minneapolis, MN in July 2018 to an appreciative audience of about 20 people. It was seriously fun.

Joseph discusses putting together a witch's handbook from the trial records of the Venetian Inquisition.

This grimoire, or handbook of magic, was confiscated by the Venetian Inquisition in 1636 from practicing witches. After decades of searching for this elusive text, Joseph now has the pleasure of presenting and translating it here for the first time. It contains their secret techniques for dealing with the more dangerous spirits or daemons, intentionally scattered and hidden within a collection of “secrets” comprising many detailed examples. Together these provide enough clues to enable practitioners to create their own spells for working with all the spirits cataloged.

To purchase the book - click here! 

Thermal Scopes for faithful people

ModernGnosis - Fri, 24/08/2018 - 17:42

Religion is a part of our life, and many faiths belong to different regions in the world. Religion plays an essential role in our lives, where the first and foremost rationale for having a religion is living a life on principles that are accepted by our society, meant to provide a smooth way of living.

Every human being has some interests and hobbies; therefore in this discussion, we are going to take a closer look at the religious and faithful people who are interested in thermal scopes.

Thermal scope is a piece of equipment that captures and focuses on objects using the infrared light in front of it. There are many applications to them, and therefore, there are also different categories of people interested in such equipment for their interests or hobbies. Thermal scopes can be used by soldiers, detectives, agents on weapons, whereas the other category of people might bring it in for their usage. Night vision is one of the critical features of thermal scope because it can see in dark using infrared light.

Faithful people are also located in different walks of life, for instance, let us consider a person who is working a job in the daytime but, they also have an interest in astronomy. Thermal scopes (http://www.minutemanreview.com/best-thermal-scopes/) for faithful people means the finding of curiosity across the world and universe. There are significant discoveries made using the thermal imaging and a person who want to personally have the experience of analyzing the objects in darkest areas of the world and night sky can use it for their hobby.

Religion allows the people to think critically and it makes people feel about the creations which we cannot reach or see otherwise. Religion and science together is bliss for such faithful people. Science created the thermal imaging possible, and the result is different types and sizes of thermal scopes. Religious and committed people are usually the curators and thinkers about God and his creations and are always looking to get the next level of sight into his creations.

There are some different manufacturers for thermal scopes.

Even though the significant use of thermal scopes is for weapons on which they can be mounted, but they can also be used for fun purposes like hunting. As discussed earlier the thermal scopes for faithful people includes the people who are in the army or any other industry, but those are the curators of nature. Some people like to go hunting; some might prefer to go at night. The tool is very usable by faithful people as they can look deeper into the sights of nature. One of the most significant influencers of all time is the committed people. C.S Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”. This quote reminds us that people when faithful if they are into something, they can make it shine. Grab your thermal scopes and get ready for the adventure!

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Discussion Groups on Facebook

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 16/08/2018 - 18:47

As most have noticed, a variety of groups or forums have been established on Facebook for the discussion of Thelema from various perspectives. Aside from a number of small groups established for conducting local body business, none of these general Thelemic discussion groups are currently controlled, managed, or officially sanctioned by OTO International or by USGL, even though individual OTO members may participate in them and may be involved in their moderation.

Two Inductions into the Order of the Eagle and Lion

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 13:28

At its meeting last Friday, the Supreme Grand Council inducted Phyllis Seckler into the Order of the Eagle, and James Branch Cabell into the Order of the Lion, based on essays submitted by Soror Harper Feist and Brother M. Dionysius Rogers, respectively. Essays will be posted after final editing and formatting.

USGL annual report for fiscal year 2017 published

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 23:33

The U.S. Grand Lodge annual report for fiscal year 2017 (Anno Viii) has been published. This and all previous annual reports can be found here.

The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius has a new home

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 31/07/2018 - 23:41

Our Grand Master has long operated a site titled The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius which collects his essays, keynote speeches, ritual commentaries, and other material. That site has been moved to a new home at sabazius.oto-usa.org. The new site is linked from our library page. The change should be reflected in search results soon.

Thelema Now! Guest: Jason Miller (2018) 60 minutes

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:45

Thelesis founder and Thelema Now's favorite sorcerer Jason Miller talks with Harper about a wide range of topics.  His latest book, Elements of Spell Crafting: 21 Keys to Successful Sorcery, cuts through the pretentious bologna and talks about doing magick to get things done! Imagine that! 

To find out what Jason is doing, read his blog, or sign up for one of his classes, visit his website or follow him on Facebook!

 

Thelema Now! Guest: Rain Al-Alim (30 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 17:41

Host Harper Feist speaks to Rain Al-Alim, which is the nom de plume of the author of Jinn Sorcery.  He has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid the stigmatization that practitioners of magic and sorcery can experience in his country - and the punishment can include beheading in some countries. He holds a degree in journalism and is currently studying Arabic philology; and he has studied and practiced the occult arts for approximately 17 years.

To find out more about Jinn Sorcery, visit Scarlet Imprint

Thelema Now! Guest: Colin Campbell on Thelema (60 mins)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 10/05/2018 - 17:05

Thelema Now host Harper Feist speaks to Colin Campbell about his new book Thelema: An Introduction to the Life, Work & Philosophy of Aleister Crowley

Colin always spells things in out in clear, no-nonsense terms, and this interview is no exception.  Check out and learn something new!

 

 

EGC Conference 2018

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 08/05/2018 - 18:09

United States Grand Lodge O.T.O. is pleased to announce its first-ever conference devoted entirely to Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. The conference will be held on the weekend of August 10-12 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Instructions for conference registration, lodging, and participation can be found on the linked website.

Gérard Aumont

OTO US Grand Lodge - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:05

Frater Superior Hymenaus Beta has published an important biographical essay on Gérard Aumont.  Read here.

Water as a Symbolic Thing in Religion

ModernGnosis - Tue, 03/04/2018 - 16:22

Water is a basic commodity which comes in handy for many reasons it depends on the cultural and spiritual affiliations. It is a tool which in the literature which has many definitions. Some of them include

Purity
Water is a tool in which shows that you are pure both at heart and physical attractiveness. It is a parameter in the literature which shows that you are free and pure.

Life
Can you work without water? In fact, this is just a basic commodity which is a must-hay. In religion, it is used to prove the existence of life. If you want to show that something is still of value and of existence then water is the symbol for it.

Motion
Where do you find water? Of course in water bodies which means that this is a commodity in movement. In religion, water is used to show that something is in existence and also has a life at the same time it is in motion.

Renewal
In spiritual matters, we use water for baptism to show a sign of renewal. We also use water to show that we have a renewed spirit in all aspects of life. If you even want to have a tool which means that you want to bury something once and for all then you can use water as a sign.

Blessing
When you want to show a sign that you want a blessing then water is a tool for that kind of symbol. That is why we use water to show some form of prosperity in every aspect of life. It is a tool which the spiritual leaders have a chance to handle all manner of spiritual and physical blessing.

Intuition
Water is also a symbol of rational thinking reasoning and a deep understanding.

Reflection
Water is such a precious commodity which makes you have a deep understanding of your life. It is not just a liquid but the power of the minerals and their components makes it the best symbol for reflection.

Subconscious Fertilization
Even reptiles leave in water, they have the ability to fertilize. In a mammal, the fetus is covered with water which is a sign of fertilization. This is procreation.

Transformation
When you want to change things from one form to the other then water is the best thing to use to represent this.

In religion, the context in which you use “water” will give you a meaning in which you intend to use it. It is clear and evident that water has numerous meanings. It is upon you to make a wise decision as a linguistic on how to use the word in literal meanings. At the same time, you can also handle it with other factors to avoid any confusion when it comes to comprehensive meaning. If you want to value water more at home with all these symbolism of water, check it out here!

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How Different Religions Use Water in Their Activities

ModernGnosis - Mon, 26/03/2018 - 13:33


If there is a discipline that has varied use of water when handling their activities then it is the religion. You will find that the Catholics, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus look at water from a different angle. In fact, within the religion, we also have denominations which also use the precious commodity differently.

Using water as a symbolic thing in different activities, different religions have to be conscious of the water suppliers and the manufacturer of water tanks they will use. They will most likely be conscious whether this manufacturer or that is reliable to ensure its quality.

Let us look at baptism in the Catholic church, do not just use ordinary water but they have to use their bishops or priests to bless it and finally call it holy water which they can use for baptisms. At the beginning of the mass, they have to sprinkle holy water to all their followers as an act of giving a blessing. The Protestant, on the other hand, believes in an immersion in the water of their people as a form of baptism. Each religion has a way in which they look at that water according to their belief. Muslims, on the other hand, do not have a big significance when it comes to using water.

While taking the holy communion, they also have a difference in culture. The Catholics do not use it at all While the Protestant churches believe in handwashing and foot washing. In the Seventh Day Adventist church, it is even different and unique from the rest of the Christians. To them, they have to literally wash their feet and hands just like they believe that Jesus did it It is a sign in which they make themselves poor. This is an exercise that is done by just the people who have been baptized by full immersion of water and not just sprinkling of water. At the entrance of the Catholic church, you will get a bowl full of water which people dip their hands and sprinkle on themselves as a sign in which they maintain purity or just make themselves clean and holy.

All these exercises have been in existence since time immemorial. It is just a continuation of a culture such that even the generations to come still follow the same. A change of any of the activities is something that is done like a referendum and all the stakeholders in the religion must give consent.
Water and religion are inseparable entities. It is believed to be a sign of purity in handling all the activities. The similarity in all of them is that before that water is used for any religious activities, there should be a ceremony in which they place a hand on the water as a sign in which you make them pure for use.

The activity along with using water is a culture that is cultivated over time and you have to go through some form of teachings as young as five years to have a deep understanding of the meaning, such that when you now use them you fully understand the significance. Matters of religious is something you have to deal with seriously since you are dealing with people’s beliefs.

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Refusal of Initiation

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 25/03/2018 - 20:19

Reminder to U.S. local bodies: The criteria for sponsorship of candidates and for eligibility for initiation are established by USGL, not by local masters. Local masters are not permitted to impose their own criteria on sponsorship or on eligibility for local initiation, beyond those established by USGL.

Further, “Whenever an individual is refused initiation on any grounds, the local master must make a written report to the Executive on said refusal and the reasons for it within 30 days. Such information may be included in the Initiation Report. Individual candidates have the right to appeal directly to the Executive.” (COLMH IV.D.5)

Changes to Minerval Application Procedure

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 18/03/2018 - 20:39

The Executive has adopted a revised Preliminary Pledge Form and Application For Admission (Minerval Application Form). There are two changes to the form:

  1. Applicants will now be asked if they have ever been refused initiation at any location.  Details are requested if the answer is affirmative.
  2. The sponsors’ attestation has been modified to affirm that the sponsors have actually met with the applicant in person before deciding to vouch for them.

Thelema Now! Guest: Carl Abrahamsson (58 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 21:01

Have a sense of humor, people!  That's what one of Thelema Now's fav guests - Carl Abrahamsson - would tell us. 

Carl talks to Harper Feist about humor, magick, and why Americans are so great.  (He really said that!)  He also discusses his latest book Occulture: The Unseen Forces That Drive Culture Forward

To find more about Carl, visit his carlabrahamsson.com!

Thelema Now! Guest: Lita-Luise Chappell (50 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 22:31

Harper Feist talks to Sister Lita-Luise Chappell latest books are The Collioure Concealment & Murder of the Mystras Nun, and the third part of the trilogy will be coming soon. She talks about her writing process and finding inspiration.

Lita has been writing poetry, short stories, mysteries, plays, lyrics, rituals, cookbooks, investigative articles, and travelogues for almost fifty years. She has a master's degree in Psychology, and a doctorate in Human Sexuality. She has had several careers: in food service as a chef and caterer, in electronics, in the music industry, in the publishing business, and as a sex therapist. She has also traveled extensively to Western Europe, the Netherlands, the British Isles, the Far East, southeastern Asia, northern Africa, Canada, Mexico, other U.S. territories and Australia. She has been a student of the occult as a priestess in ancient Egyptian, Eleusinian Greek, Italian Strega, British Celtic, Northumbrian Faerye, Hawaiian Huna, and Thelema. Through it all, she has written as she went along, commenting on different cultures, human behavior, politics, love, sex, wisdom and magick.

 

 

Site hosting change

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 15/02/2018 - 00:36

We have just finished moving several U.S. Grand Lodge websites, including the main public site, to a new hosting provider. Any such move carries the risk of breaking site content and functions. We have already found and fixed several such problems, and more may be lurking. If you encounter difficulties with any U.S.G.L. website, please report the problem via email to webmaster@oto-usa.org, providing as much detail as possible.

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