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.

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!

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.

Manifest Your Best Life with Misha Stewart (Open)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTONED TO A LATER DATE TBD. Please watch this site for updates!

Join Misha Stewart at William Blake Lodge and learn how to create a Vision Board!

Do you know what a Vision Board is? It’s a way to manifest your dream life! 

When you make a Vision Board you get clear on what you want to create in your life. Once you get clarity, you select images from magazines and paste them on a poster board. Seeing this board each day aligns your brain with the outcomes that you want to attract. 

It sounds pretty simple, and yes, there is a process to make your vision board more powerful! Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Jim Carey, and Beyoncé all swear by Vision Boards, so why doesn’t EVERYBODY create vision boards? Presenter Misha Stewart says, “In my experience as a coach and mentor, most of us never make the time. My clients frequently tell me they are pushed for time. What I’ve seen over and over is that we let our busy lives keep us, well… Busy and distracted. It’s time to change that!”

This event is a full day immersion for you to focus on your authentic life, core clarity, and ideal outcomes. 10:30am-6:30pm — Please arrive no earlier than 10:00am and no later than 10:25am. $75 admission; $70 for dues-current WBL members

Email Misha@mishastewart.com to register. Due to the deep nature of this work, only 15 spaces are available. (They’ll fill up fast!)

Halloween Myth & Magic (Open)

Jack O Lantern

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 5:30pm, join us for a great presentation by William Blake Lodge member David Salisbury. David has been presenting on Halloween lore in this talk for nearly 10 years. His forthcoming book ‘Witchcraft Activism’ will be published by Weiser Books in early 2019.

As one of the oldest still-observed holidays in the western world, Halloween or “Samhain” has managed to survive and thrive throughout the ups and downs of the past 2,000 years. While a religious observance to some and a secular party to others, Halloween has acquired an amazing ability to adapt to its cultural surroundings in ways that no other holiday or feast day can match.

In this brief talk, learn the global timeline of the holiday along with its lore, symbols, and curious myths. From the blazing bonfires of the Celts to the rambunctious pranks of youth, don your cloak as we fly through the rich celebrations of the beloved dead.

$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.
Please arrive no earlier than 5:00pm and no later than 5:20pm (or stay after the Gnostic Mass).

Massapalooza 2018 (Open)

a gold chalice

Massapalooza: a Weekend of Fraternity and Gnosis!

Massapalooza 2018: A Weekend of Fraternity and Gnosis

A sacred chalice

Friday 10/19 – Sunday10/21, 2018

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.

Early Registration (through Sep. 23, 2018): $40 per person; $35 for dues-current WBL members
Late Registration (Sep. 24 – Oct. 12, 2018): $50 per person; $40 for dues current WBL members
On site registration: $65 full weekend; $25 single day.

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

FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY
9:00am Doors Open; breakfast served
10:00am Gnostic Mass
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Presentation: William Blake, Gnostic Saint
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
10:00am Doors Open; brunch served
11:00am Gnostic Mass
1:00pm Break
2:00pm Gnostic Mass
4:00pm Cleanup/Closing


John Waters: Indecent Exposure (Open)

Divine in ecstacy

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00pm, join us at the Baltimore Museum of Art to see the first retrospective of famed filmmaker John Waters’s visual arts career in his hometown of Baltimore. This exhibit will show more than 160 provocative photographs, sculptures, videos and sound works. The exhibition concludes with a resource gallery of 1960s film footage presented in peep-show format and a selection of objects from Waters’s home and studio that inspire his art. Please meet us no later than 2:00pm at the information desk just inside the historic entrance. 

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance!

Reserve tickets here.

Learn more about John Waters: Indecent Exposure.

Samhain Dumb Supper (Open)

An altar to the dead

“…a feast for life and a greater feast for death!” AL II:41

The Dumb Supper is an old Victorian tradition that comes from the peak of the spiritualist movement in the late 19th and early 20th century Europe. Traces of dining with the dead go back for a millennia and can be found in the Celtic, Scandinavian, Saxon, Southeast Asian, and Mexican peoples.

The Wiccan tradition of the Dumb Supper (also called the “Red Meal” in Traditional Witchcraft) consists of a potluck dinner that is eaten in complete and total silence. Each person should bring a dish that is either important to your family or a favorite food of a beloved deceased person. Once all the food is prepared and everyone is seated, the meal commences in silence at the toll of a bell. During the time of silence, you may eat your meal and then commune with the spirits of your beloved ones if you finish early.

After the supper, we’ll lighten the mood by celebrating the Halloween season with music and fun.

Please bring:

  • A dish to share: The favored food of one who has passed on, or a food traditional to your family or culture.<\li>
  • Wine if you plan to imbibe.
  • Photos and/or mementos of your beloved dead for the ancestor altar

Suggested attire: Black robes preferred but general all-black attire is ok, too.