Bathroom Prep Day Sun – 6 Oct, 2019 4-8PM

Potluck dinner/drinks/snacks and labor to make the Lodge Massapalooza ready

Event Description:

The shower floor is laid and should be tiled before October 6, 2019.  We need 3 -4 people to assist with the greenboard and possibly other prep steps to make the bathroom company ready.  If we have extra hands there is usually other prep work as well.  

Main Goal:  Get the drywall hung and prepped to take marine paint or tile. 

Other work (If not accomplished in earlier work sessions):

·         Prepping the bathroom to take paint (sanding and spackling and sanding again as needed)

·         Touching up the paint on the brick wall

·         Washing the library floor

·         Sewing of new house robes

·         Prepping the kitchen to take paint (sanding and spackling and sanding again as needed)

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Cakes of Light Baking & Massapalooza Prep Day Sat – 28 Sep, 2019 10AM – 4PM

·        Please Bring:  Potluck lunch/drinks/snacks and labor to make the Lodge Massapalooza ready

Event Description: 

Massapalooza is a large event where the Mass and similar rituals are performed by various mass teams.  William Blake Lodge hosts guests during this time and it is an opportunity to put our best foot forward.  In order to prepare for the big day a number of large tasks need to be done.  Many hands make light work and there are tasks for all skill levels and energies.

Main Goal:  Bake Cakes of Light supply for numerous masses.  If you have personal Cake of Light baking needs, we can fold those in as well.  No Baking Experience needed!  We will teach.  We have recipes!  We will bake all of the needed glute free ones and then move to gluten containing cakes to avoid cross contamination.

Other work:  

·         Touching up the paint on the brick wall

·         Washing the library floor

·         Sewing of new house robes

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Lodge Meeting, Gnostic Mass, Town Hall and Training: Sun – 15 Sep, 2019

Lodge Meeting: Please arrive no earlier than 12:30pm and no later than 12:55pm. Join us in making plans for future Lodge activities! Please bring a lunch dish or snacks to share.
Gnostic Mass: Please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 3:20pm
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

Town Hall and Training: 5:30pm Please arrive no earlier than 5:00pm and no later than 5:20pm.
Do you want to be part of the leadership of William Blake Lodge? We want you! Let’s talk about your interests and talents, and how you’d like to contribute to WBL’s overall success. Learn how officers use social media to spread news about Lodge events and activities, and how you can help! Training on Google Calendar, Meetup, Twitter, Facebook, Slack and more. This event is free, but please bring a potluck contribution so nobody goes hungry.
Facilitators: Sr. Atara and Fr. Von Hohenheim

UTOS Service for the Spirits of Tenacity – Sat – 5 Oct, 2019

Please arrive no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 3:30pm.
$15 admission

What to bring to a Universal Temple of Spirits Service:

The spirit you’d normally call upon for tenacity. We’ve had monotheists, polytheists, pluralists, and animists (yes, simultaneously) at our events. So long as they are willing, for the service at least, to play nice with others in a pantheistic setting, they are welcome. Also, this Spirit should have a name and/or a relationship with you and be someone you and others would actually want to meet.

  • A design for them (if you have none, meditate on this ahead of time, research it, or ask us)
  • A song for them (ditto)
  • A potluck dish/drinks to share, with a list of ingredients
  • Feel free to bring altar items and decorations, such as flowers, etc.
  • Drums, if you drum
  • A donation of $15

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.


Gnostic Mass – August 18

a gold chalice

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 4:30pm. Doors open at 4:00pm. 

0nce the ceremony 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.

$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.