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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.

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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AII AII

Thelema93-L - Sun, 12/05/2013 - 22:25
93s to what seem to be generally more advanced Thelemites than I. I was pleased to discover www.outer-college.org has the Student Oath and reading list with
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Tahuti Lodge, O.T.O., NYC, Calendar of Events for May 2013 e.v.

Thelema93-L - Tue, 07/05/2013 - 04:13
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Tahuti Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, NYC MAY 2013 EV Calendar of Events + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
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File - t93-lmmm.txt

Thelema93-L - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 10:58
===================================================== ADMIN: Monthly Moderation Minder ... Do as you please. Thank you for your participation in Thelema93-L
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Thelema Frater Jake, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... Please tell me who AaaK was? Love is the Law, Love under Will. ALWays, Soror Binah
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Together, they have a nice ring: Aum! let it fill me! [228] Aum! let it kill me! [219] FWIW by EQ11: fill 45: 45 & not & be A worm, a a scholar a foul
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:28
Thelema 93, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... ways of thinking about the material and our relationships with it Thank you so much for
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:33
kill as opposed to fill likely involves AC's extreme & simplistic take on 'Buddhist' ego death; thence to other half baked stuff. Whether Thelema should
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:02
... funnily enough that's where I opened mine ... The pseudo-exegetical process involved in the change sounds dubious; not that I've ever been specially
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 06:49
Dwtw I think Fr. RIKB has accurately summarized the basic arguments pro and con. A couple of notes to add. It is true that the phrase in question reflects
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 07:29
Do what thou wilt Shall be the whole of the Law. The problem here is that this particular line seems to be entirely of Crowley's own invention as a kind of
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 06:11
... I figure I'll stick with what I know works, i.e. "fill" - I feel no compulsion to change. Opinion subject to change if experience teaches otherwise. I
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