Initiation Training

Sat. Dec. 2 – Sun. Dec 3, 2017:

Initiation Training (Closed to Initiates of the degree being studied)

Recommended for: Active Lodge Members interested in Officer work for Initiations

William Blake Lodge is pleased to host Bishop T אריה to offer Initiation Training. This training will provide a discussion of standards and practices of initiation and provide walkthroughs for the Minerval, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree initiations, with discussion regarding policy, safety, and magick. The training is open to all dues current O.T.O. members of 1st degree or beyond in good standing with United States Grand Lodge, and initiates may attend up to their degree. Registration is scaled based on number of degrees attended.

Initiation Training is required for those who wish to attend Advanced Initiator Training and recommended for those wishing to participate as officers for O.T.O. initiations. Upon completion of this training workshop, we are happy to have our event leader verify your attendance in order for you to register for any upcoming Advanced Initiation Training.

Bishop T אריה (Fr. Christeos Pir) has been a member of O.T.O. since 04/04/93, and is a Bishop of EGC and a Sovereign Grand Inspector General. He is past Most Wise Sovereign of Baphomet Chapter Rose Croix, past Secretary and Deputy Master of Scarlet Woman Lodge in Austin TX, and past Master of William Blake Oasis (now William Blake Lodge). He has led seminars and experimental study groups in various subjects for the last several decades at a number of O.T.O. bodies, NOTOCON, Ecumenicon/Sacred Space (a national pagan-oriented ecumenical conference), and at several Texas OTO Conventions (TOTOCONs), as well as a number of academic conferences.

$45 admission for full weekend; $40 for dues-current WBL members; $12 for each individual degree training. Registration includes lunch, coffee, tea, and water. Dinner is on your own, but we will make reservations at a local restaurant for those who wish to dine as part of a group.

Schedule, subject to change, is below.

Saturday, December 2

11:30am — Doors Open. Check in; lunch served.

12:30pm — General Introduction to whole M MM series (secured to I°)

1:00pm — Minerval standards & practices. Includes read-through of script.

3:30pm — I° standards & practices. Includes read-through of script.

7:00pm — Dinner, offsite; self pay with option to dine as a group

Sunday, December 3

11:30am — Doors Open. Lunch Served.

12:30pm — II° standards & practices. Includes read through of script.

4:00pm — III° standards & practices. Includes read-through of script.

7:30pm — Dinner, offsite; self pay with option to dine as a group.

Tour of Poe’s Memorial Grave

Register Now  Westminster Hall is a beautiful historic building located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets in downtown Baltimore. The church, which was completed in 1852, was built more than 60 years after the Westminster Burying Grounds were established. The Burying Grounds are the final resting place of many famous people, including Edgar Allan Poe, General Sam Smith, and General James McHenry. William Blake Lodge has arranged a private tour of the grounds and catacombs for a small fee. The tours will last approximately 1 hour, and includes the Burying Grounds, Catacombs, Westminster Hall (if available), and a fifteen-minute film on the history of the Grounds, some of the famous people buried here, and their relationship with Baltimore.

Sat, October 14, 3:00pm – 4:30pm  515 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201

$8 per person; $5 for dues-current WBL members

Please be on time as the tour will begin promptly at 3:00pm.

To join us, RSVP and PayPal $8 to treasurer@williamblakeoto.org no later than October 1, 2017.


Massapalooza 2017 Registration Now Open!

Fri. Oct. 6 – Sun. Oct. 8, 2017

Early Registration (before Sep. 16, 2017): $40 per person;$35 for dues-current WBL members
Late Registration (Sep. 16 – 30, 2017): $60 per person; $55 for dues current WBL members

Register here.

Schedule subject to revision as the date draws near. Mark your calendar today!

William Blake Lodge brings you another weekend-long Gnostic Mass marathon, with workshops, classes and meals! Join friends you’ve known for years, and ones you’ve yet to meet for a jam packed weekend of Masses, Classes and E.G.C. Training, framed in an environment of fraternal fun. Bring your friends, bring your lovers, bring your Brothers and Sisters and show us how you do Mass at your local body, learn how others do it in theirs, or team up with people from other bodies and experience doing the Gnostic Mass with a whole new team.

CALL FOR MASS OFFICERS – all roles. Please RSVP your interest to contact@williamblakeoto.org.