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Thelema Now! Encore Episode of Jake Stretton-Kent from October 2020

Thelema NOW! - Sat, 04/02/2023 - 18:25
Jake Stretton-Kent died after an extended illness and the world will never be quite the same.

Jake was a lot of things to a lot of people, clear from the hundreds of tributes written in Facebook and other social media platforms since the announcement. He was an incredibly influential magician and author, having given us Grimorium Verum, Geosophia, the Testament of Cyprian the Mage, Goetic Liturgy, Thus Spake Magnus Dictus and the Rosicrucifixion, amongst others. He also worked on each issue of Hadean Press’ Conjure Codices.

His laser-focus on relationships with spirits incited an entire generation of practitioners to a more thoughtful approach. He was a serious researcher and adept, a magical experimentalist while retaining both feet in a foundation of history and literature. Amusingly, to discover his sources, we often had to inquire personally about them. The bad part was that we couldn’t just dig through his references, the good part was that when you asked him, he would provide a stunning background and a thorough understanding of anything he’d ever written.

Jake was one of Thelema Now's favorite authors to interview because he was so damnably funny and ridiculously charming. We at Thelema, Now! wish Jake the best of future adventures. May he be granted the accomplishment of his True Will. We also wish peace and relief to Karel and the rest of his family and close colleagues.

Goodbye, Jake. And farewell.

-Harper Feist

Registration open for NOTOCON XIV

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 28/01/2023 - 22:49

Registration is now open for National O.T.O. Conference XIV, to be held in Denver, Colorado, August 3-6 2023. NOTOCON is normally held every two years, but it was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic, so this will be our first NOTOCON since 2019.

Winter 2022 issue of Agapé available

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 17/01/2023 - 02:10

The Winter 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: Marcus McCoy (2022)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 28/12/2022 - 01:10
Thelema, NOW! host Harper Feist speaks with Occult Blacksmith Marcus McCoy of Troll Cunning Forge. Listen as Marcus and Harper discuss alchemy as it applies to Metalsmithing and the Natural Philosophy of Henry Cornelius Agrippa! During their conversation the Winter Solstice dawned in the Eastern Standard time zone. The days will be getting brighter...

Exploring the Intersection of Culture and Religion

ModernGnosis - Sat, 10/12/2022 - 15:10

Religion is a powerful force that has been influencing humans for thousands of years. It shapes our lives and our identities, often dictating how we interact with each other and how we view the world. But religion does not exist in a vacuum—it is closely intertwined with culture, which can vary drastically from one society to another. Let’s take a look at how culture and religion are connected.

The Connection between Culture and Religion

The relationship between culture and religion is twofold: not only does religion influence culture, but culture also influences religion. On one hand, religion dictates many cultural norms such as dress codes, dietary restrictions, customs, traditions, and laws. For example, Jewish people have strict dietary laws known as kashrut which dictate what food they are allowed to eat or prepare. On the other hand, culture can also shape religious beliefs and practices. In some cultures, certain religious practices are seen as normal while others are viewed as strange or unacceptable.

For instance, in some societies it is perfectly acceptable to practice yoga while in others it is considered taboo due to its spiritual roots. Similarly, some religions have certain taboos that vary from one society to another; for example, in some Muslim societies women cannot show their faces in public while in others this is perfectly acceptable behavior. As such, there is no single “correct” way to practice any given religion—it depends on where you live and the cultural norms of your society.

 

The Influence of Globalization

As globalization increases our interconnectedness more than ever before, so too does it influence our beliefs about religious practices around the world. The internet has made it easier than ever for people from different cultures to learn about each other’s religions and experiences. This increased understanding has led to an appreciation for diversity when it comes to religious beliefs—even if someone may not personally believe in a particular faith or practice it themselves (for example Hinduism or Buddhism), they may still recognize its value to those who do practice it and respect their right to do so without judgement or interference. This attitude of acceptance could not have been possible even a few decades ago prior to the rise of globalization! 

 

All in all,

In short, culture and religion have always been connected—but today that connection is stronger than ever before thanks to globalization. People’s views on religious practices vary depending on where they live; however, due to globalization we are becoming increasingly aware of different cultures around the world which allows us to appreciate them even if they don’t align with our own beliefs or experiences. All religions offer something valuable if we take the time to understand them—and by doing so we can forge lasting connections no matter where we come from!

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Thelema Now! Guest: Frater Acher

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 25/11/2022 - 23:35
Host Harper Feist speaks with Frater Acher about his new book Holy Heretics, the third and final volume of the Holy Daimon cycle. Listen as he and Harper Feist talk about doing magick as a lone practitioner, sacred bells, and what working with your Holy Daimon really means.   Frater Acher is the author of theomagica.com as well as a friend and collaborator of Quareia Magical Training. He holds an MA in Communications Science, Intercultural Communications, and Psychology, as well as certifications in Systemic Coaching and Gestalt Therapy. He has studied Western Ritual Magic in theory and practice at I.M.B.O.L.C. (magieausbildung.de) and has been actively involved in magic as a lone practitioner for more than twenty years. His book Ingenium is released by TaDehent.

 

Thelema Now! Guest: Samuel David

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 17/11/2022 - 22:13

Samuel David and Thelema Now host Harper Feist dig deep in a wide-ranging discussion that includes Christianity, Inanna, and all points in between. It's - in Samuel's words - Sexy, sultry, and sorceress!! Listen to find out more! You can buy Samuel's book, Lioness: The Song of Inanna at Miskatonic Books. You can see a video about the book on YouTube.  Enjoy!

Thelema Now Orryelle Defenestrate Bascule

Thelema NOW! - Sun, 23/10/2022 - 18:02

Thelema Now host Harper Feist speaks to author and artist Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule. Merging the concepts of sexuality, Magick, and art, Defenestrate-Bascule explores the erotic nature that's within us all! You can view his art at www.esoterotica.art. He also discusses his film Solve et Coagula. View the trailer, reviews, and streaming here! Enjoy! 

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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