Deacon-Sacerdote policy

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 22/08/2019 - 22:46

During his keynote address at NOTOCON in August 2019, the Grand Master Sabazius announced a new office in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica within U.S. Grand Lodge: the Deacon-Sacerdote. A set of policy clarifications pertaining to this office has now been issued. Note that this office and the policies pertaining to it are specific to U.S. Grand Lodge.

Thelema Now! Guest: Alkistis Dimech

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 14/08/2019 - 19:30

Thelema Now host Harper Feist talks to Alkistis Dimech, who is a dancer and choreographer, as well as a writer. Her current work is an exploration of female mysteries and sexuality through the nymph – veiled, as elemental divinity, the bride or nubile woman, mantis, and clitoris – articulated in a projected cycle of dances, Apocalyptería. Her new work is the book The Brazen Vessel published by Scarlet Imprint

To find out more - visit Alkistis's website

New EGC status announced: Deacon-Sacerdote

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 06/08/2019 - 23:57

In his keynote address at NOTOCON XII, the Grand Master Sabazius announced a new clerical status in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the Deacon-Sacerdote. See his blog post on the topic for details. In brief, an ordained Deacon who has been initiated as a Knight of East and West may serve as a Deacon-Sacerdote, giving them the authority to confer baptism, confirmation, marriage, and other sacraments under the supervision of their Bishop.

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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Thelema Now! Guest: BJ Swain, Part II (36 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 28/06/2019 - 21:50

This is part 2 of Thelema Now host Harper Feist talking to Brother BJ Swain about his book Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits. 

BJ discusses working with many different kinds spirits including ancestral  and planetary.

Thelema Now! Guest: BJ Swain, Part 1 (52 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 26/06/2019 - 21:48

Thelema Now host Harper Feist talks to Brother BJ Swain about his book Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits. BJ discusses working with many different kinds spirits including ancestral  and planetary.

These two get to gabbing and the next thing you know - the sun's coming up! So we are presenting BJ's interview in two parts. You won't be disappointed! 

Thelema Now! Topic: Magickal Women Conference

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 03/05/2019 - 18:59

Put together by Sue Terry and Erzebet Barthold, The Magickal Women Conference pays homage to the women of the past who challenged the status quo by embracing mysticism, esotericism, and occult teachings, and to the women who continue those rich traditions through lived practice, performance, and adeptship.

The conference is on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and it is now SOLD OUT. However, there is a waiting list. And with this mush support, perhaps Sue and Erzebet will do it again!

Find out more at magickalwomenconference.com.

Program 65: Sol in Taurus, Year 115

Speech in the Silence - Mon, 22/04/2019 - 02:47
Featured in this program: The Spirituality of OTO by Frater Entelecheia. Visit the website of Frater Entelecheia

Registration open for NOTOCON XII

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 18/04/2019 - 23:34

Registration is open for the twelfth biennial National O.T.O. Conference, NOTOCON XII, being held August 2-4 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Register and reserve your room today! Speakers and FAQs will be posted soon, so please stay tuned.

Program 64 Supplement

Speech in the Silence - Tue, 09/04/2019 - 00:31
In this Program: Loving Babalon by Brandy Williams Brandy Williams reads her piece "Loving Babalon." Resources:  Brandy Williams' website: http://brandywilliamsauthor.com/ Brandy Williams on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WOwZJw

Thelema Now! Guest: Manon Hedenborg-White (60 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 03/04/2019 - 22:09

Manon Hedenborg-White is a contributor to the book ‘A Rose Veiled in Black’ – an anthology on the Lady Babalon.

The Lady Babalon is one of the more enigmatic figures in the Cult of Thelema. She is a manifold deity in the sense that She is a divine harlot, an initiatrix, a creator and a destroyer. In representative form, the letters of Her name encompass an heptogrammic star; yet She lies beyond mere representation, and Her star signifies only the powers of Her train and not the station of Her immanence. 

Manon Hedenborg-White discusses the book, along with her upcoming Ph.D. thesis! Check it out! 


OTO US Grand Lodge - Sun, 31/03/2019 - 19:38

We have always been strong advocates for personal choice in terms of one’s own private affairs, in accordance with the precepts of Liber Oz. HOWEVER, there is now a nationwide epidemic of deaths due to unsupervised use of a specific drug (the synthetic opioid known as Fentanyl), or mixtures containing this drug. This epidemic has already tragically claimed the lives of several Order members. The extremely dangerous nature of this drug is now widely-known; therefore, knowingly and illegally providing this drug to another Order member will be considered by us to be willingly putting the lives of your Brothers and Sisters in grave danger. Those who do so will, accordingly, be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, which may include expulsion from membership.

Program 64: Sol in Aries, Year 115

Speech in the Silence - Thu, 21/03/2019 - 01:03
Naturalistic Occultism investigates occult phenomena through the lens of naturalism, pragmatism, skepticism, and science. Read the book: Naturalistic Occultism by IAO131 Visit the website of IAO131

Program 63 Supplement

Speech in the Silence - Sat, 09/03/2019 - 23:19
In this Program: New Aeon Poetry by Jori-Ville Rahkonen Our first guest from Finland reads his Thelemic poetry, recently published online. See links below. Resources:  Read online: newaeonpoetry.blogspot.com Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NAP186

Program 63: Sol in Pisces, Year 114

Speech in the Silence - Sat, 02/03/2019 - 04:37
Read Richard's paper, excerpted from this recorded lecture, here: Aleister Crowley on Death: Philosophical, Technical and Practical Aspects, by Richard Kaczynski Be sure to check out Richard Kaczynski's website!

Thelema Now! Guest: Keith Readdy (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 20/02/2019 - 20:00

Keith Readdy, author of One Truth and One Spirit: Aleister Crowley's Spiritual Legacy speaks with Thelema Now stunt host Richard Kaczynski.

Keith and Richard talk about what it took to put the book together, how it got published, and fun Thelemic facts to know and tell.  Amaze your friends!

Thelema Now! Guest: M. Dionysius Rogers (65 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 20/02/2019 - 18:36

Dionysius Rogers has just released "Thelema For the People."  he discusses this along with other projects with host Harper Feist.  Enjoy! 

Workout Activities for Religious People

ModernGnosis - Mon, 18/02/2019 - 03:37

Just like other things in life, there are several extremes in the lives of religious people. While some of them focus on their physical body to the neglect of their spirituality, others focus so much attention on their spirituality that they neglect their physical bodies. However, with a good balance of both a religious person can enjoy a very fulfilling life. The goal of a workout should not be to make people admire you but rather to improve your physical health so that you can devote more physical energy to your religious callings.

According to a study conducted by Harvard, one of the mitigating factors to the healthiest people on earth is vigorous exercise. As a matter of fact, the more intense the exercise is the lower the mortality rate. Sally Beare also explains in her book that one of the secrets to a long life is exercise or physical activity. She also highlights that exercise can improve your breathing, lower stress levels, and helps in meditation. But what are some of the best workout activities for religious people?

1. Use Steppers

If you don’t have an issue with your knees or legs you might use steppers to improve the health of your brain. By replicating the process of climbing stairs, stepping machines provide a low impact on the lower part of the body. The good thing is that you can adjust them accordingly to suit your liking. As you work out, you can adjust speed and resistance or even program your normal routine. Another alternative is to climb many stairs. This push-down motion will help tone down your legs and improve your cardiovascular health.

2. Using jumping rope

As one of the most effective and the least expensive workouts, using a jumping rope is one of the best exercises for religious people. Although learning may take a while once you know it you will have a form of exercise that you can do almost anywhere. However, you should always put on cushioned shoes since it’s a high impact exercise.

3. Exercise using a rowing machine

Whether you are rowing for recreation or competitively, you will be using both your legs and arms hence making it one of the best whole body workouts. Besides, it’s the most suitable if you suffer from back or knee problems since it is a non-impact activity. Because it uses your lower back you need to seek advice on the best technique to ensure that you reduce the risk of injury while enjoying maximum benefits. The good thing is that you can work out using a homemade rowing machine.

4. Use upper body bikes

These are machines that you pedal using your arms. They are the best alternatives to other workouts that depend entirely on the legs. If you suffer from some knee and leg problems but you still want to enjoy cardio workouts then these are the best alternatives.

Final thoughts

So, it’s clear that there is nothing wrong with religious people working out. As a matter of fact, the Bible advises us to take good care of our bodies. Working out will not only keep you healthy but also boost your spirituality. Working out will also open the door to better meditation, retention, bible study, optimistic mood, and creativity.

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Role of the Deputy Master

OTO US Grand Lodge - Thu, 31/01/2019 - 06:18

When the Master of a local body becomes incapacitated, the Electoral College must be notified immediately; and the local body’s charter is automatically suspended until the Electoral College appoints a new Master.

The Electoral College may appoint an Acting Master to maintain the local body during the period of suspension. The one duty of the Deputy Master of a local body is to be ready for appointment by the Electoral College to serve as Acting Master, to allow the Secretary and Treasurer to continue to perform their assigned duties.

When an orderly succession of mastership is being considered, it will usually be the Secretary (the officer most versed in local body operations), rather than the Deputy Master, who is recommended to the Electoral College for appointment as the new Master.

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