Massapalooza: Fri – 18 Oct, 2019

a gold chalice

Friday 18 October – Sunday 20 October, 2019

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 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.

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. 16, 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


The Blood of Helios, August 31

Hekate

In the world of Ancient Greece, witches were supernatural beings descended from Helios and taught by Hekate. Throughout the world and history societies have had explanations for witches based on their birth or based upon spirit contracts. In American folk traditions witches were sometimes a movement of lineal progression from ancestors to the folk devil. Our ritual will be exploring and executing on these themes by calling upon our ancestors to be with us, Hekate to guide us and Helios to join us sacramentally and imbue us and our future and past lineages with witchcraft.

Participants should wear black and bring black cloth for a head covering. We recommend that participants celebrate Hekates Deipnon during the days ahead of the rituals and also make offerings to connect with their ancestors. Participants planning to take the Helios sacrament must bring some token to represent and connect with their ancestors during the ritual. Participants taking the sacrament will need to either be able to expose their arms or their backs to have their ancestor names written in them. Please bring a list of ancestor names.

8:30pm
Doors open at 7:30.
$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.


Many Hands for Blake – July 21

storage room

Over the years the Lodge has accumulated a lot of stuff and things have drifted into the main path of escape if the door isn’t available.

With us starting to rent the space out and have larger events this MUST change for the safety of ourselves and our guests.

Many hands make light work. This is a reorganization so that:

– Commonly used things are stored neatly at the front
– The path to the fire escape is clear and stands a chance of remaining so
– The back storage area is still available

Please come help assist in this reorganization that improves the safety of the lodge for everyone!

Can’t move heavy things? Come anyway and keep us in drinks and snacks or do one of the other less taxing tasks that keep the Lodge running comfortably.

10:00am-1:00pm
Price: free. Bring snacks and beverages to share!

Requiem Gnostic Mass – July 21

gold cup

The Gnostic Mass (Liber XV) is a ritual celebrating the union of the divine male and female through the pageantry of the lance and the cup. The ceremony culminates in a sacrament of a cake and wine consumed by the participants in the congregation. The ritual is graceful, joyful and a high dramatic ritual rich in esoteric and ecclesiastical overtones. The ritual officers consist of a priestess, priest, deacon and two “children” representing the positive and negative polarities. The Gnostic Mass is the central ritual of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O., or the Order of Oriental Templars) and was written in 1913 by Aleister Crowley. Water is available for those who choose not to drink alcohol. Please notify us in advance if bringing anyone under 18 to this ceremony (but they are certainly welcome).

The ceremony begins at 3:30pm. Please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 3:20pm. Once the ritual begins there will be no further access to the temple.

Baptism and/or confirmation available today by advance request. Please email contact@williamblakeoto.org to request either sacrament.

A dear brother recently passed from the land of the living and we will be honoring his memory by naming him in The End collect of the Gnostic Mass. If there is a deceased person whom you would like recognized in this way, please email contact@williamblakeoto.org with their name.

$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, or a video of the full Gnostic Mass.

Queer Sex Magic – August 24

Thista Minai

Sexual energy is a potent source of magical power, but generating that power is too often discussed purely in terms of polarity. Let’s journey outside the binary and explore other ways of generating sexual energy. We’ll briefly examine a Queer take on polarity, then dive into resonance, balance, and synergy as intentional tools that are sometimes even better choices to power our magical intentions.

Our presenter, Thista Minai, is a kink educator and author of Casting a Queer Circle: Non-Binary Witchcraft. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature.

4:00pm
Doors open at 3:30pm.
$20 admission; free for dues-current WBL members. Snacks and beverages will be available.