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Autumn 2022 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Mon, 03/10/2022 - 01:08

The Autumn 2022 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.

USGL annual report for fiscal year 2021 published

OTO US Grand Lodge - Mon, 03/10/2022 - 00:31

The U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O. annual report for fiscal year 2021 has been published. This and all previous annual reports can be found here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Jason Miller (2022)

Thelema NOW! - Mon, 22/08/2022 - 22:20

The always awesome and entertaining Jason Miller returns to Thelema Now and discusses what it means to be a Sorcerer. TN host Harper Feist gets to the bottom of what it means to do the work, see the results, and get stuff done.  Jason has a new book - Consorting with Spirits: Your Guide to Working with Invisible Allies - check it out! 

USGL annual report for fiscal year 2020 published

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 13/08/2022 - 23:57

The U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O. annual report for fiscal year 2020 has been published. This and all previous annual reports can be found here.

The New Age of Religion: How to Connect with Spirituality in the 21st Century

ModernGnosis - Fri, 29/07/2022 - 03:47

There are many different ways to find spirituality without having to go to a church or read religious texts. You can connect with your spiritual side by exploring meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and more. These activities can help you find a sense of peace and calm in your life. You don’t have to be religious to find spirituality. There are many different paths that you can take to find a connection with something greater than yourself.

The 21st century has seen a rise in interest in spirituality and religion. This is likely due to the fact that we live in such an uncertain world. We are constantly bombarded with news of natural disasters, wars, and other tragedies. This can leave us feeling disconnected from the world and searching for ways to feel connected to something greater.

One of the great things about spirituality is that there is no one right or wrong way to do it. You can find your own path to spirituality by exploring what works for you. There are many different ways to connect with your spiritual side. The important thing is to find a way that brings you a sense of peace and calm. Spirituality is about finding a connection with something greater than yourself. It’s about finding a way to connect with the world around you. There are many different paths that you can take to find spirituality. The important thing is to find the path that works for you.

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Why Culture Matters In The Age Of Globalization

ModernGnosis - Fri, 22/07/2022 - 05:04

The world is rapidly shrinking. With globalization, people and businesses are more interconnected than ever before. And as this happens, culture becomes increasingly important. Culture is the glue that holds societies together and gives them their unique identities. It is what distinguishes one group of people from another, and allows them to interact and trade with each other peacefully. In a world that is becoming ever more globalized, culture matters more than ever before.

There are a number of reasons why culture matters in the age of globalization. First, culture provides a sense of identity and belonging. It is what makes us who we are and gives us a sense of pride in our group. Second, culture can act as a bridge between different groups of people. It can help us to understand and appreciate the differences between us, and to build positive relationships with those who are different from us. Finally, culture can help to promote peace and stability in a globalized world. By understanding and respecting the cultures of others, we can create a more peaceful and prosperous world for all.

Globalization is a reality of our world today. And as it continues to grow, culture will become increasingly important. So let us all learn to appreciate and respect the cultures of others, and to use them as a force for good in our increasingly globalized world.

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Summer 2022 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 21/07/2022 - 00:39

The Summer 2022 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.

Electoral College blog post on LGBTQIA+ inclusion

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 03/07/2022 - 05:37

The Electoral College of U.S. Grand Lodge publishes a blog covering topics of interest to most O.T.O. members. The latest post, “Pride Not Prejudice”, announces a pair of “Thelema for All” training modules addressing LGBTQIA+ concepts and concerns.

Kaaba Colloquium to be resumed in 2023

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 03/07/2022 - 05:24

Kaaba Colloquium, a twice-yearly leadership training program offered by U.S. Grand Lodge, will be resumed in 2023. The first planned location is Baltimore. This new version (“Kaaba IV”) will feature a new group of presenters covering material freshly designed for current and aspiring local body leaders. Watch the Kaaba site for more information.

Thelema Now! Guest: Carl Abrahamsson (2022)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 30/06/2022 - 18:49

TN host Harper Feist speaks to author Carl Abrahamsson! One of the privileged few who spent time with the “Black Pope” in the last decade of his life, Carl Abrahamsson met Anton LaVey in 1989, sparking an “infernally” empowering friendship.

In Carl's new book - Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan: Infernal Wisdom from the Devil's Den - he explores what LaVey was really about, where he came from, and how he shaped the esoteric landscape of the 1960s. 

Find out more here

Thelema Now Rodney Orpheus (2022)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 13/05/2022 - 15:57

Hey - did you know that Aleister Crowley had a tin ear and didn't like music that much?!  WHO KNEW?!  Listen to this fascinating conversation (no really, it is!) between TN's Harper Feist and musician/author/speaker Rodney Orpheus. He has a new Cassandra Complex release and it's AWESOME!! Check it out on Spotify! 

How to Be Active in Your Religion and Church: Tips for Getting Involved

ModernGnosis - Thu, 28/04/2022 - 06:41

Are you looking for ways to get more involved in your church or religion? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are looking for ways to deepen their spiritual lives and connect with others who share their beliefs. This blog post will discuss some tips for getting more active in your religion and church. We’ll talk about how to find suitable activities and groups to get involved with, and we’ll offer some advice on how to make the most of your religious experiences.

Find a church that speaks to you and your beliefs.

When it comes to finding a church, many factors to consider. For some, the most important thing is that the church upholds traditional values and teachings. Others may prioritize finding a church with strong community ties or one that offers robust programs for children and families. Still, others may be looking for a church that shares their political beliefs. No matter your priorities, there is sure to be a church out there that speaks to you. The best way to find the right church is to visit a few different congregations and see which one feels like home. Once you find a church that feels right, you’ll be able to fully commit to being a part of the community and playing an active role in its growth and development.

Get involved in the community and meet new people. Attend church events and get to know the members of your congregation. Serve on a committee or volunteer for a cause that is important to you. Donate your time, money, or resources to help support the church. Be an active member of your church and show your commitment to your faith.

Attend services regularly and get involved in the community.

Volunteer your time to help with church activities and events. Join a small group, it mustn’t necessarily be a prayer group. Suppose you enjoy sports and games like table tennis and your church have a sport or entertainment department, consider joining one. Besides having fun, you get to enjoy the benefit of losing weight by playing table tennis if that’s also a concern. However, it’d be best to have a ping pong robot in your home if you can afford one. Besides helping you learn how to play the game, it will help you to burn calories, which is a win-win if you want to keep fit, lose weight, enjoy your favorite game, and become a pro who will represent their church at events.

Be an active member of your community and reach out to others who may not be as involved in their faith.

Going to church isn’t just about going through the motions; it’s about being involved in a community of like-minded individuals who share your values. When you attend services regularly, you get to know the other members of your church and form relationships with them. You also become more involved in the community, and you can learn more about how you can help others. In addition, attending church services can provide you with some much-needed spiritual guidance. If you’re feeling lost or struggling with life’s challenges, talking to your pastor or getting involved in a Bible study can help you find direction and meaning. Ultimately, regular church attendance can be invaluable support and guidance.

These are just a few ways you can be active in your religion and church. By getting involved, you will deepen your understanding of your faith and build lasting relationships with others who share your beliefs.

Read the Bible and other religious texts to gain a deeper understanding of your faith.

Attend church regularly and participate in religious activities. Volunteer your time and talents to help out at your church or other religious organizations. Donate money to support the work of your church or other religious causes. Pray regularly and meditate on your faith. Talk to other people about your religion and share your beliefs with others. Live your life according to the teachings of your religion.

These are just a few ideas for how you can be active in your religion and church. Talk to your clergy or other religious leaders to find out more about how you can get involved. And don’t forget, the best way to learn about your faith is to live it every day.

Read the Bible and other religious texts to gain a deeper understanding of your faith.

Many people turn to the Bible and other religious texts to seek a deeper understanding of their faith. After all, these texts contain the stories and teachings passed down from generation to generation. By reading these texts, we can better understand the origins of our beliefs and how they have evolved over time. In addition, religious texts can provide us with insight into the lives of those who came before us and how they lived their faith. We can learn from their example and find new ways to express our own beliefs with this knowledge. Ultimately, reading religious texts can help us to grow in our understanding of our faith and learn more about ourselves in the process.

Serve others in your community and help those who are in need.

There are many ways to serve others in your community. One way is to volunteer with a local organization that helps those in need. For example, you could volunteer at a soup kitchen or a food pantry. You could also tutor children struggling in school or visit the elderly who are living in nursing homes. Another way to serve others is to simply be kind and helpful whenever you can. For example, you could hold the door open for someone, help carries groceries, or pick up litter. When we take the time to help others, we make our community a better place for everyone. And it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort – even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference. So next time you see someone who could use a helping hand, don’t hesitate to lend a hand yourself.

In Summary,

 If you’re looking for ways to get more involved in your religion, we hope the tips in this post have been helpful. There are lots of different ways to be active in your church and connect with other members. What matters most is that you find an activity or group that feels like a good fit for you and makes you feel connected to your faith. Have you found a way to get involved in your church that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Spring 2022 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 14/04/2022 - 05:31

The Spring 2022 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: Frater Barrabbas

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 12/04/2022 - 23:11
Thelema Now host Harper Feist goes toe-to-toe with witch and author Frater Barrabbas.  Across their wide-ranging talk they discuss Goetia, witchcraft, elementals and more!  Frater's latest book is "Elemental Powers for Witches" published by Llewellyn.  

Thelema Now! Guest: Richard Kaczynski (2022)

Thelema NOW! - Sun, 27/03/2022 - 21:11
Thelema Now host Harper Feist talks with Brother Richard Kaczynski about The Sword of Song: Called By Christians The Book of the Beast.  Check it out! 

Winter 2021 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 09/01/2022 - 06:22

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.

Thelema Now! Algol from the band Mehenet

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 28/12/2021 - 01:15

Thelema Now's Harper Feist talks to Algol from the band Mehenet.  Algol is also an OTO Brother, in addition to his other ritual practices.  Check out Mehenet's Bandcamp page - and check out the full song  Dona Sete at the end of the interview! Listen and enjoy!

Thelema Now! Guest: Trevor Gray (2021)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 21:21

Man Has The Right To Dress As He Will! History has been made!  This episode of Thelema Now is the first where both the host, Harper Fiest, and the guest, Trevor Gray, are nude! The perfect setting for author Trevor to discuss his book "A Whisper in the Silence: An Inspiring Naturist Love Story." Enjoy!

The Extremist Religion

ModernGnosis - Thu, 09/12/2021 - 15:55

Most of us are familiar with the term “extremist” and usually associate it with terrorism. But, there is another type of extremism that has been on the rise in recent years. This extremist ideology is not related to violence or military operations, but instead, to religious beliefs. For many people, religion is a deeply personal issue and can be difficult to talk about without offending someone else’s views. As such, I am going to do my best not to say anything offensive in this article while also highlighting some facts about extremist religions that you might find interesting!

What is the extremist religion?

The extremist religion is a religion that believes in taking things to the extreme. They believe in doing whatever it takes to get what they want, no matter who gets hurt in the process. This can include violence, coercion, and even murder.

The extremist religion is one that does not believe in cooperation, equality for all human beings or peace. They are intolerant towards those who don’t share their beliefs and will often persecute them based on what they can get from these people’s oppression such as money etcetera

Extremist religions create groups with an identity where everyone has to think alike which limits individual freedom because individuality becomes erased when you’re part of something bigger than yourself.

This type of religion can be very dangerous, as it can lead to radicalization and terrorist activities. It can also cause a lot of division and hatred in society.

It is important to be aware of the extremist religion so that we can protect ourselves from its harmful effects. We need to stand up against it and work to create a more peaceful and tolerant world.

How does this affect people?

A common misconception is that it doesn’t have any effect on society. It’s not just a question of opinion; there are many ways in which one can measure its effects and they show very troubling data, including increased rates of violence among certain groups or greater numbers leaving their faith altogether as well as more individuals being attracted to radicalization openly professing hatred towards others because their religion tells them so — all things you would want to be avoided at all costs if we really cared about reducing human suffering as most folks claim!

This affects people in a very negative way. When someone is part of extremist religion, it can be hard for them to have any kind of normal life. They may be so focused on their religious beliefs that they don’t care about anything else. This can cause problems for themselves and the people around them.

Why do they believe in it?

There could be a number of reasons why someone might believe in an extremist religion. For some, it may be because they are looking for something to give their life purpose and meaning. Others may have experienced a traumatic event that has led them to seek comfort in this kind of religious belief system. And finally, there are those who may have been raised in this kind of religious environment and their beliefs are just a product of what they have experienced during childhood.

Terrorist groups like ISIS believe that the only way to be saved is by following an extremist form of religion, one that requires you to reject any other belief system or ideology. They use fear tactics to trap people into believing these ideas because they know that once someone is fully committed to the group, it will be very difficult for them to leave.

There are people who are ready to protect themselves. They could not be a part of any religion but they are looking for a way to protect themselves from terrorists. They have guns and they know how to use them so that they can be safe. They could own rifles with muzzles. Muzzles are one of the most efficient upgrade to reduce noise for rifles and when combined with a bolt carrier known to manifest improved rifle performance, give the best shots.

The thing is, you don’t need religion in order to be good. You don’t need an extremist religion in order to do bad things. There are plenty of people who commit atrocities without any religious justification whatsoever. In fact, many of the worst terrorist attacks in recent history have been perpetrated by people who claimed to be doing it in the name of Islam, but their actions had nothing to do with the religion at all.

Where did it come from?

For centuries, people have been asking themselves this question. We know that religious extremism began in the Middle Ages with groups like Al-Qaeda; but where did it come from? Why does religion correlate to such violence and political upheaval across parts of Africa, Asia, or Europe today when there were periods before these events when communities lived together peacefully as they do now (even if those days are fading)?

The short answer is: we don’t really know yet – no scientist can say for certain what caused one person’s life story to evolve into an act so devastatingly destructive on society at large…but suffice to say scientists agree that climate change will likely make things worse unless urgent action takes place

A lot goes into why people take on fringe beliefs, but it’s important to know how they got there so we don’t repeat their mistakes or give them the reason for the hope that things will always stay this way. My best guess is what makes someone want something bad enough becomes associated with everything good because early religions had such strong rules against certain subjects being spoken about openly—parents telling children who Jesus was could get you killed back then! As time went by though. culture changed and instead of changing their beliefs with it, they just kept doing the same things over and over again

Who are some examples of extremists and what have they done?

ISIS, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda are some of the most well-known examples of extremists groups. They have all committed horrific acts in the name of their religion, including terrorist attacks, mass killings, and rapes. Extremists often use violence and fear to control people and further their own agendas. In many cases, they twist religious texts to justify their behaviors.

It’s important to remember that not all followers of a particular religion are extremists. The vast majority of Muslims, for example, do not condone the actions of groups like ISIS. It’s also important to remember that not all religions are extremist. There are many peaceful and tolerant faiths out there.

To sum it all

Extremist religious groups are on the rise, and extremism is a global problem. The world needs to know that there are people who want peace in this world, too. With enough communication about what’s happening around us, we can make change happen together. Here, we’re working hard to bring you informative content about all aspects of our lives today. We hope you’ll join us!

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The Place of Worship

ModernGnosis - Wed, 01/12/2021 - 03:53

The place of worship, a sacred building where people come together to pray and worship God is very important. It’s where we find refuge from the stresses of everyday life and it’s also an inspiring space for reflection. A lot can happen in one day, so when I need some time away from my hectic schedule I head on over to my church with open arms. The atmosphere there is always welcoming and warm, which puts me at ease and helps me feel like myself again after a long day full of stress. 

The history of the place of worship

The history has been tumultuous. Since the first time man understood that there was something “out there” beyond himself, he has built a place of worship to honor some aspect of this thing or being which is greater than himself. In modern times, we tend to think about places of worship as churches and synagogues; but it wasn’t always so.

The first place of worship was a mountain. The Hebrews worshipped on the top of Mount Sinai; and for Christians, Jesus is said to have ascended into heaven from atop a hill called Calvary (the reference in Luke 24:50-51). In Islam, Muhammad made his “night journey” to Jerusalem then up through the seven heavens to Allah on a winged horse.

The first place of worship was the ground itself, as indicated in Genesis 28:11-19 when Jacob laid out stones he’d encountered during his sleep and called them Bethel (meaning “House of God”). We see this same story repeated again and again throughout the Old Testament, but it was Noah’s grandson, Canaan, who was the first to build an altar.

What you need to know before visiting a place of worship

The place of worship is not the same for every religion. For example, in Christianity, it’s called a church and in Muslim culture, it’s known as a masjid. Despite differences in nomenclature, both are places where people gather to elevate themselves spiritually through prayer or meditation. If you’re planning on visiting either one, there are a few things to know before you go.

The first is that people of different religions have varying customs when it comes to dressing codes and conduct inside the place of worship. If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask your tour guide or someone who lives in the area for advice on how best to behave during your visit.

Another thing you need to consider is whether or not photography and videography are allowed inside the place of worship. If so, there may be specific areas where these activities are permitted. For instance, some churches allow picture taking in front of statues for personal use only while others prohibit it outright. You’ll also want to check if talking on your cell phone or using other electronic devices is allowed inside. It was made in the past that people are quiet when praying.

The last thing to keep in mind is not all places of worship are free, nor open to everyone. Many churches require you be a member or pay an entry fee before entering their premises while some masjids charge for tours and others don’t allow non-Muslims inside at all unless they’re with a guide.

How the place of worship was made?

A place of worship is a special building created for the purpose of religious activities. It can be considered as a house dedicated to god or gods. The word “place” in this case indicates that it is built by human beings and not from natural elements, such as trees, rocks, etc. Some people also call them temples although technically speaking there is a small difference between these two.

For a place of worship, there must be an erected building and money donated for the cause. For instance, people building a house for God will need materials and equipment like a welding machine, an outstanding piece of equipment to ensure the building is sturdy enough to withstand the elements. Seeing as the work is dangerous, the workers will also need welding helmets, an important equipment for safety for their maximum protection. All these require money to achieve them, unlike a temple that you’ll only need natural resources like stone or rock to erect.

They used the latest technology available at that time to build this building. They need it sturdy so it won’t collapse easily and they also need something that can last long despite of some natural calamities like earthquakes, floods, etc. Knowing how destructive these disasters are on structures or buildings made by human beings.

Why do people go to places of worship?

People have been going to places of worship for thousands of years. Some people go because they feel a need or desire to connect with God, spirits, deities, and the deceased as part of their spiritual practice. Other people go because it is what everyone else in their family does/did so they follow tradition without much thought about why they are doing it. Some people go because they want the community and social aspects of a place of worship. Some people go to get help with their problems or situations in life such as seeking guidance, support, prayers for healing, etc.

 

To sum it all

The Place of Worship is a place for your community to come together and share in the joys, sorrows, triumphs, and failures. It’s where we find our self-worth when everything else seems so bleak. It is the one thing that can help us get through anything with grace and dignity. We invite you into this sacred space because it is also yours; we hope that you will be welcomed by all who enter here as well.”

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