Gnostic Mass (Open)

a gold chalice

3:30pm Sunday, 15 December 2018
Please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 3:20pm

Confirmations will take place at the end of the ceremony. Baptism and confirmation are available at every public Gnostic Mass. Please email contact@williamblakeoto.org to request either sacrament.

$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.
Note: admission fee waived for first-time visitors. If this is your first time at a Gnostic Mass, it’s a good idea to read the ritual ahead of time, so you’ll have some idea of what to expect. You can also watch a video, 93 Impressions of a Gnostic Mass.

Thelemic Rite of Dionysos (Open to 21+)

Bacchus and Ariadne

7:30pm Saturday 15 December 2018
Please arrive no earlier than 7:00pm and no later than 7:20pm.
$20 admission; $5 for dues-current members; $5 additional discount for potluck contributions.
It’s madness I tell you! Pure and utter madness! Or just a wicked good time. Perhaps the closest you’ll come to attending bacchanalia, but with a modern sensibility. This ritual, wildly popular, and back by popular demand will invoke The God Who Comes. Dance, revel, drink flowing wine, and cry the names of Dionysos as you destroy the things which prevent success, happiness, and freedom within your life, and as we alchemically transform the bonds which enslave the spirit into the true symbol of freedom. If you’ve ever considered exploring dramatic ritual, this is a truly intense opportunity, if you’ve participated in rituals before, we’re sure you’ll find this one worth your time. Through dance, chanting, wine, and a bit of antinomian blasphemy we’ll breach the bounds of ecstasis. Wine and cakes will be served after the ritual. Your contributions of other treats are welcome!

Curry & Conversation Night (Invitational)

Curried rice

7:00pm Saturday, 1 December 2018

Note: all local area Pagan and Magical group members are invited, as are all WBL members in good standing. Please bring a potluck dish to share. If you care to imbibe, please bring an adult beverage to share.

William Blake Lodge has enjoyed hosting several Pagan and Magical groups in our Baltimore Lodge space in recent years. We are looking to build on those friendships and make new friends and bring the broader community of Greater Baltimore and DC together to share and work together. Please join us for an evening of food and fellowship as we host an informal Networking potluck dinner. December 1st is the memorial of the passing of Aleister Crowley, who founded Thelema and whose work has influenced countless NeoPagan and magical traditions. Traditionally OTO bodies celebrate this day by eating curry. Bring a curry dish, or any other dish you’d like to share, and join us and other local Pagan and Magical leaders for fun, fellowship and networking.

Zero = Two

Did you know that members of WBL are Active in posting articles for Zero = Two, the Official Blog of the OTO USA? Check it out to see interesting posts on Thelemic topics such as Leaping Laughter’s recent successful sortie to the Twin Cities Pride Festival or the possibility that Aliester Crowley served as a technical consultant on the 1916 film “The Mysteries of Myra.”

Check it out at http://zeroequalstwo.net/

Who was William Blake?

Our Lodge is named after artist, writer, poet & mystic, William Blake, whose work provides a legacy reminding us that the core concepts within Thelemic philosophy have been with us far longer than merely a century, and that some of its greatest proponents lived and died long before 1904 e.v.

The Gnostic Catholic Church or E.G.C., in fact, recognizes William Blake as a notable link in that historic chain transmitting the light of the gnosis throughout the ages, and has canonized him as a gnostic saint.