O.T.O. Degree Discussion Group: Minerval Degree (Closed to 0°) – May 5

muladhara

Sib. Ayin will lead an O.T.O. Degree Discussion Group on the Minerval Degree, closed to initiates of this Degree or higher. Discussion will include a review of recommended study materials, symbolic analysis, Q&A, and practice upon request.

3:00pm
Please arrive no earlier than 2:30pm and no later than 2:55pm.
Please RSVP to attend by emailing:
secretary@williamblakeoto.org



Baltimore Reiki Share – May 5

Hands with light around them

Reiki Master/Instructor Richard A. Davis will lead a Reiki Share and give free Reiki Level 1 (Shoden 初伝 – “First Teaching”) Attunements (Reiju 霊授) to attendees. Anyone is welcome to come and receive a Reiki treatment, or practice giving Reiki to those who would like to receive it.

Richard began studying Reiki in Florida in 2007, studied under and received attunements from Reiki Masters in Tokyo and Kyoto from 2008-2010, has visited several sacred sites of Reiki, Shinto, and Shingon Buddhism such as Mt. Kurama, Mt. Fuji, and Mt. Koya, and has taught and attuned hundreds of students to Reiki since 2010 in Tokyo, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and DC. We will also study Reiki’s compatibility with such practices as Yoga, Asana, and Pranayama as they relate to one’s spiritual development. Our group’s study of Reiki will examine the influences of Mount Kurama, Esoteric Buddhism, and Japanese language and culture on the Reiki system, in addition to teaching techniques from both the Eastern and Western lineages that have been the most effective for Reiki treatments.

Whether you are a beginner or already attuned to the Master/Teaching level of Reiki, all paths and all practitioners are welcome to join our Baltimore Reiki Share and learn more about the Japanese view of Reiki, the cultural influences on the Sacred Symbols, and how these concepts are understood in the Japanese language. Attendees will also examine the connections Reiki has to the mythos and deities of Mount Kurama, and come to appreciate the full meaning of the Reiki Principles written by Usui Mikao through an in-depth study of their Japanese/English translation. Our primary aim is to cultivate a holistic sense of understanding that can be passed on and shared with all practitioners of Reiki.

Facilitator: Richard A. Davis
Reiki Share will begin at 5:00pm.
Please arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and no later than 4:55pm.
Suggested Donation: $10 (No donation necessary to attend.)

Music and Ritual with Spooky Action at a Distance (Open) – May 4

Spooky Action at a Distance

Andrew and Justin from Spooky Action At A Distance discuss not just the use of music in ritual as a means of sensorial control, but also the creation of music AS ritual. We’ll be discussing and demonstrating the use of timbre, rhythm, and tone in assisting in manipulating the senses, how creating and manipulating music electronically can be a meditative exercise, and an examination of the attributions of musical notes with the paths on the Tree of Life.

After the lecture, Cleveland electronic band Spooky Action At A Distance will be bringing their act to William Blake Lodge for an evening of music and ritual! Using synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, and samplers, members Andrew Lent and Justin Smith weave live, spontaneous soundtracks around narrator George Sulea’s words, from dark cyberpunk tales to poetic prose. Bring a beverage and/or snack to share, and get ready for a great party!

Please arrive no earlier than 6:30pm and no later than 6:55pm.
$20 admission; $5 for dues-current WBL members

Q&A with Tobias Churton – May 5

Tobias Churton

A world authority on Gnostic spirituality, Tobias Churton is Britain’s leading scholar in the field of Western Esotericism. Holding a Masters degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, he was appointed Honorary Fellow and Faculty Lecturer in Western Esotericism at Exeter University in 2005. Tobias is also a filmmaker, poet, composer, and the author of many books, including The Gnostics, The Golden Builders, Occult Paris, The Babylon Gene and acclaimed biographies of William Blake, Aleister Crowley, Elias Ashmole and G.I. Gurdjieff.

While all of his books are of relevance to Thelemites, we’ve asked him to speak in particular about Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World. Join William Blake Lodge in a conversation with Tobias Churton through the magick of the internet! We’ll be able to communicate back and forth, so please show up with plenty of questions!

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

Tobias Churton and the cover of his book, Crowley in America

April 8-10: The Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law

The crowned and conquering child

This year we celebrate the 115th anniversary of the writing of the Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley April 8-10, 1904. With his wife Rose as the medium for what would become known as the Cairo Working, Crowley transcribed communications by the entity known as Aiwass on hotel stationery.

Join Golden Thread Camp’s community reading of the Book of the Law each day of the Three Days (April 8th, 9th & 10th) at 12pm EDT. We will be reading a chapter a day!

All are welcome to participate in reading and just listening. Please try to be online by 11:55am so we can start promptly at noon.

Skype Technical:
To join in, we ask that you make us your contact on Skype by searching our ID which is pittsburgh.thelema. Once you do this we will confirm you as a contact. Please do this in advance to the start time of your first call-in. A little before 12PM EST, call in (with just audio, no video) and we will add you into the group call.

Join Black Sun Lodge, Golden Thread Camp, Sapphire Current Camp and Anabasis Camp for the Holy Season Discussion Group at 8pm EDT.

April 8 GIMEL, The Priestess: Liber CCXX & Liber 31, Cap. I (Nuit)
April 9 BETH, The Magus: Liber CCXX & Liber 31, Cap. II (Hadit)
April 10 ALEPH, The Fool: Liber CCXX & Liber 31, Cap. III (Heru-Ra-Ha)

Skype Information: To join we first ask that you make us your contact on Skype by searching for our Skype Channel name which is ‘Holy Season Discussion Group’. Once you request this we will accept you as a contact. At the start time of the Skype talks, call in to our Channel (with just audio, no video) and we will add you into the group call. Please make sure your Skype is updated before participating.

We hope to hear from you during this joyous time!


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Spring Cleaning – April 6 (Closed to 0°)

Cleaning supplies

11:00am

In preparation for the upcoming celebration of our new Minerval candidates, all those currently Minerval and above are invited to help give the kitchen a deep cleaning and inventory all the items in the kitchen.  If there are many hands this shouldn’t take too long.

Activities include:

  • Pulling it all out of the kitchen
  • Washing all the surfaces
  • Inventorying the items (there is some computer work)
  • Cleaning anything that needs cleaning (fridges will be their own day)
  • Putting it all back in an organized fashion
  • Labeling things
  • Washing the floor

Followed by:

  • Pulling out the equipment for the upcoming initiation
  • If there is time and energy there will be a walkthrough

What will be provided:

  • Lunch (probably pizza)
  • N95 masks
  • One size fits most nitrile gloves

We are only tackling the kitchen. We will tackle the fridges, rooms, and other spaces one by one on future dates.

This event is free. If you are so inclined, your contribution of beverages to share – especially soft drinks – is always welcome!

Tour NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — April 19

Goddard Space Flight Center

Please email contact@williamblakeoto.org to RSVP and confirm attendance for tour.

Join William Blake Lodge for a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center organized by Soror Hypathia. 

Please arrive no earlier than 9:30am and no later than 9:55am. Tour starts promptly at 10:00am 

“The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major NASA space research laboratory. Activities, exhibits and events at the Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, provide inspiring and captivating educational experiences for all ages.

The visitor center demonstrates Goddard’s innovative and exciting work in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, engineering, communications and technology development. 

Only 30 minutes from Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Annapolis, Maryland, the visitor center gives you the opportunity to explore the universe in your own backyard.” 

Visits and tours are free of charge.

Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771 

Pilgrimage to Divine’s Grave – Mar 9

Divine

Born Harris Glenn Milstead 19 October 1945, Divine was an American actor, singer, and drag queen who often appeared in the films of John Waters. People magazine called Divine “The Drag Queen of the Century.” Join us as we visit the resting place of a Baltimore icon!

We’ll probably go for cocktails or a John Waters movie or something after paying our respects.

Location: Prospect Hill Park Cemetery, Towson, Maryland. Divine’s grave is located on the lower level of the cemetery, not far from a parking lot.

Magic in a World of Spirits — April 20

Spirits dancing

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

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Regular Admissionshow details + $25.00 (USD)   Expired
WBL Member Admissionshow details + $15.00 (USD)   Expired

Chilling Adventures at WBL — April 20

hooded figures watching a goat

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)   Expired
WBL Member Admissionshow details + $10.00 (USD)   Expired