Magic in a World of Spirits — April 20

Magic in a World of Spirits

Admission: $25; $15 for dues-current WBL members.
Please arrive no earlier than 10:30am.

William Blake Lodge, OTO in Baltimore will be hosting BJ Swain author of Living Spirits: A Guide to Magic in a World of Spirits, to teach two classes and lead a ritual from the book. Join us for a fun and educational afternoon. Schedule pricing and class descriptions below.

Living Spirits Classes and Ritual
11:00 – 1:00: Class One: Mapping and Navigating a Living World
Lunch
1:30 – 3:30: Class Two: Workshopping Rituals to Engage the Spirit World
3:30 – 4:45: Pentacle Consecration

Class One: Mapping and Navigating a Living World – If we begin with the premise that we reside in a living, magical world, in which spirits of various types also reside then we need to know what that world looks like and how its shape influences our magical interactions. In this class we will explore types of spirits, how the spirit world is organized and how that impacts how we approach those spirits. We will also look at how our interactions with spirits, and their social structures and habitats suggests and shapes our course of action with each other.

Class Two: Workshopping Rituals to Engage the Spirit World – Modern systems of magic have generally approached structures drawn on Kabbalah or on dramatic initiation to engage a singular spiritual power, which may or may not be approached as a true spirits. Later occult texts which presented more traditional European magic often called upon God and approached a singular spirit. When we look at contemporary traditional cultures, and even at High Medieval and earlier European magic we see that often many spirits are called upon in facilitating contact with the spirit or spirits who will assist us. As we understand the shape of the world, its spirit residents and their interactions with us and each other we can begin to see how that shape suggest ways of more fully engaging hosts of spirits in ritual. In this class we will look at options for approaching spirits based on a living world full of spirits who serve different roles in the magical structure which surrounds us.

Ritual: Consecration of a Pentacle

Stick around afterwards for a second event: Chilling Adventures at William Blake Lodge

Details Price Qty
Regular Admissionshow details + $25.00 (USD)  
WBL Member Admissionshow details + $15.00 (USD)  

Chilling Adventures at WBL — April 20

5:00pm

Chilling Adventures At William Blake Lodge

April 20th is the Easter Vigil, or the Harrowing of Hell. It is the day when the Church is dead and Christ is in Hell.

Thus what better day for some heretical magic?

Join us for some fun, some education, some ritual and some blasphemy as we explore witchcraft and compare it with its very popular recent pop cultural appearance in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Afterward we will explore how art and ritual can intersect as we engage in a ritual touching on themes of Thelema and historical witchcraft using imagery and aesthetics drawn from Chilling Adventures.

5:00 – 6:30: Witches, the Devil, and Factual Fictions
6:30 – 8:00: A Path of Night Familiar (Ritual)
8:00: Feast of Feasts Potluck Party

Witches, the Devil, and Factual Fictions – In this class we will explore the nature of the Witches’ Devil and certain traditional ideas about witchcraft and compare them to depictions of witchcraft in the recent Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. When this series came out there were many who were upset about the campy cannibalistic Satanic witchcraft depicted in full 1950s southern church glam. Others enjoyed the grittier darker depiction of magic and witchcraft. Love it or hate it, Sabrina gave a new face to witchcraft in the popular high school supernatural drama genre. So in this class we’ll look at the magic in the show, and we’ll look at witchcraft and The Devil in historical European magic.

A Path of Night Familiar – a ritual which demonstrates the ability of art to provide inspiration for magic. We will explore Thelemic themes present in the magic of the Church of Night, conjure the Witches’ Devil and bind familiars in an act of authentic conspiratorial witchcraft drawing on contemporary artistic aesthetic and traditional historical magic.

A Feast of Feasts – We will celebrate our heresy with a potluck feast, drinks, and unholy fellowship. Join us as we live deliciously. Please bring a dish to share!

$20 admission; $10 for dues-current WBL members

Also earlier in the day, check out our event “Magic in a World of Spirits”

Details Price Qty
Regular Admissionshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
WBL Member Admissionshow details + $10.00 (USD)  

Gnostic Mass (Open)

a gold chalice

3:30pm Sunday, 20 January 2019
Please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 3:20pm

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.

Aphrodite Ritual (Open to 18+) – Feb 2

Aphrodite in the Forest

5:00pm Saturday 2 February: Please arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and no later than 4:50pm.
$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.
Eclectic Witch High Priest Crimson Corvus Luna will lead an Aphrodite Ritual followed by a potluck feast. The focus of the ritual will be to ask the Goddess for self-love, self-confidence, self-healing, and self-transformation. Please plan to wear black robes or all black formal wear.

Adults only! There will be nudity.

Please bring a dish for the potluck feast.

If you plan to imbibe, bring an adult beverage to share.

Colin Campbell on Thelema and Open House (Open) – 23 Feb

2:00pm Saturday, 23 February 2019: Please arrive no earlier than 1:30pm and no later than 1:50pm.
Join us for a discussion of Thelemic ethics and values led by Colin Campbell, followed by a potluck Open House. The Open House is a chance to learn more about Thelema and William Blake Lodge through informal conversations with members and officers. There is no monetary charge for this event, but we encourage contributions to the table or the bar.

Colin Campbell is the author of four books on magick, including The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee: The Sigillum Dei Ameth, A Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema, The Offices of Spirits, and Of the Arte Goetia. He has given lectures across the country on both a local and national level, speaking a number of times at NOTOCON, the biannual conference of the Ordo Templi Orientis, of which he has been a member for seventeen years.

2019: Basic Sewing for Ritual Clothing (Open) – Mar 10

A sewing machine

Open to all skill levels.

Basic Sewing for Ritual Clothing (Open)

Basic Sewing for Ritual Clothing
(Open to all levels)
March 10, 2019
10 AM – 5 PM with a break for potluck lunch
Registration fee is $20; $10 for dues-current WBL members.

Ritual clothing or basic costuming for certain ceremonies is a need we all have.

  • Sometimes what you have no longer fits and you need to make something in a hurry.
  • Sometimes you want to make something very deliberately, with intention, and specifications.
  • Sometimes the commercial stuff available doesn’t meet your needs or doesn’t really fit the way you want or is too expensive and you need to substitute time for money.
  • Sometimes you want pockets.

This workshop will:

  1. Discuss fabric selection.
    • Cotton
    • Linen
    • Silk
    • Wool
    • Rayon
  2. Care and feeding of the selected fabric.
  3. Take your measurements
  4. Go over how to make your own pattern for a basic robe.
    • Pattern layout for plain fabrics.
    • Pattern layout for patterned or sided fabrics.
    • Estimating the fabric amount you need based on the width.
    • Discuss how to add very basic pockets.
  5. Discuss Machine v. Hand v. Hybrid sewing
  6. Go over the assembly of 2 downsized pattern kits (Quick and dirty v. More Efficient)
    • To get the feel of how to assemble things and develop some muscle memory.
  7. Develop the first mock-up of a basic robe pattern

Your materials fee covers:

  1. Packet with:
    • Your measurements recorded
    • Instructions for making a variety of very basic costume clothes
    • Fabric Choice Notes
    • Fabric Care and Feeding Notes
    • Basics of Hand-sewing
  2. Kit with 4 pieces of to-scale fabric and 2 to-scale patterns with sewing instructions.
  3. Mock-up (If you bring inexpensive fabric)

You should bring:

If you want a full size mock-up bring:

  1. 4 yards of inexpensive fabric ($1 per yard as a guideline) or queen or king sized sheets bought at a thrift shop. Note:  cotton or cotton poly blend preferred.  Polyester is not recommended as it is TOO slippery and will drive you insane.
    • If you are over 6 feet tall we recommend 5 yards
  2. (Optional) – Sewing kit and/or machine if you have one.

Details Price Qty
Regular Registrationshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
WBL Member Registrationshow details + $10.00 (USD)  

Massapalooza – Oct 2019

a gold chalice

Friday 18 October – Sunday 20 October, 2019

Massapalooza 2019: A Weekend of Fraternity and Gnosis

a gold chaliceWilliam 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 Workshops, 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.

Early Registration (through Sep. 20, 2019): $40 per person; $35 for dues-current WBL members
Late Registration (Sep. 21 – Oct. 12, 2019): $50 per person; $40 for dues current WBL members
On site registration: $65 full weekend; $30 single day.

Schedule subject to revision as the date draws closer. Register today!

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER
6:00pm Doors Open; snacks served
7:00pm Gnostic Mass
9:00pm Gnostic Mass or Workshop
11:00pm Gnostic Mass

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER
9:00am Doors Open; breakfast served
10:00am Gnostic Mass or Class
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Gnostic Mass or Class
3:30pm Gnostic Mass
6:00pm Go out for dinner
9:00pm Gnostic Mass (Closed to 0°)
11:00pm Gnostic Mass  (Closed to 0°)

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER
10:00am Doors Open; brunch served
11:00am Gnostic Mass
1:00pm Break
2:00pm Gnostic Mass
4:00pm Cleanup/Closing


Details Price Qty
Early Registrationshow details + $40.00 (USD)  
Early Registration, WBL Membersshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Regular Registration, WBL membersshow details + $40.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
September 21, 2019
Regular Registrationshow details + $50.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
September 21, 2019

Library Day (Open)

Book shelves in a library

5:30pm Sunday, 20 January 2019: Please arrive no earlier than 5:00pm and no later than 5:20pm.
Free; please bring snacks or beverages to share. Do as thou wilt, quietly. Spend a relaxing afternoon reading one of the many esoteric books in the William Blake Lodge Library. In the temple, feel free to do a tarot reading, a scrying, ask questions or start a discussion with Lodge officers about O.T.O and related topics. Help tidy things up around the Lodge. Practice your degree testing!

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!