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Massapalooza 2019

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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


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Aphrodite Ritual (Open to 18+)

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)

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.

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!

March 10, 2019: Basic Sewing for Ritual Clothing (Open)

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)  


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Gnostic Mass (Open)

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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.

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.