Massapalooza: Fri – 18 Oct, 2019

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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


Class: Robert Anton Wilson and Thelema – 6:00pm Sun Jan 19, 2020

Author Robert Anton Wilson’s greater feast is on January 11.  This class will examine the Thelemic influences on his writings, the effect of his work on the writings of others, and how his work may be influencing Thelema today.  Did he influence you? He is the author of the Illuminatus! Trilogy, Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy, Masks of the Illuminati and many more works. Com join in and bring snacks to share!

Facilitator:  Sr Lirio

Gnostic Mass (Open) – 4:00pm Sun Jan 19, 2020

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

The Gnostic Mass will begin promptly at 4:00pm. Please arrive no earlier than 3:30pm and no later than 3:55pm. (Mass team is encouraged to arrived at 3:00pm for setup.)

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.

$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members. Admission fee waived for first-time visitors.

Winter Solstice Potluck and Gift Exchange (Open) – 6:00pm Sun. Dec. 22, 2019

The sun shining through snow-covered evergreens

Join your siblings and friends to celebrate the return of the sun with a brief ceremony followed by a gift exchange and a potluck feast. Please bring a gift or less to place under our Solstice Tree! We’ll assign numbers to each gift, then you’ll draw a number from a hat to find out which gift you get to take home. You will have the opportunity to exchange the gift with someone else if that turns out to be desirable. The feast will be made up from potluck contributions, so please remember to bring a dish to share! If you aren’t sure what to bring, please email contact@williamblakeoto.org for suggestions.

Please arrive no earlier than 5:30pm and no later than 5:55pm. This event is free to everyone who brings a gift and a dish for the potluck.

Gnostic Mass (Open)- Noon Sun. Dec 15, 2019

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

The Gnostic Mass will begin promptly at noon. Please arrive no earlier than 11:30am and no later than 11:55am.

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.

$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members. Admission fee waived for first-time visitors.

Feast of Saint Jacob Boehme, Gnostic Mass, Class – Sun Nov 17, 2019

Lodge Meeting 2:00 –Please arrive no earlier than 1:30pm and no later than 1:55pm. Join us in making plans for future Lodge activities! Please bring a lunch dish or snacks to share.

Gnostic Mass: 4:00 –Please arrive no earlier than 3:30pm and no later than 3:50pm
Baptism and/or confirmation available today by advance request. 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, or a video of the full Gnostic Mass.
Mass Team: TBA

Jakob Böhme 6:00 – A discussion of the life and thought of Jakob Böhme the 16th century mystic and writer who brought an neoplatonist and alchemical influence to Protestant Christianity. A strong influence on anti-authoritarian movements and Rosicrucians, Böhme is a Saint of the Gnostic Canon.

The 4th Annual Midwinter Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball – Sat Jan 18, 2020

FREDERICK MD CUUPS EVENT!

Saturday, January 18th, 7 pm – 12 am (Snow date of January 25th)

Join Frederick CUUPS for a Masquerade Ball as we dance into the night with the Winter Court of Faerie, rulers of the dark season! Please come in a wintry costume as we revel and celebrate the darkest time of the year with the Good Folk of the Winter Court.

Attractions include:

~Winter Faery Market – Vendor information below

~Dancing to Music by The Dapper DJs

~Performance by Tribal Belly Dance Troupe Amandari

~Costume Contest: Best Group, best Unseelie Court faery, best Seelie Court faery, best Winter Faery, best Couple

Faery and Fantasy Attire, Masks or Elaborate Makeup Encouraged

7 pm – 12 am, 21+, BYOB
No entry after 10 pm
Tickets:
$45 by December 21st
$50 after if any remain (only 200 available)