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!

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.

EGC Training — March 23

a golden chalice

Tau Asteria presents policies and practices surrounding Liber XV, the Gnostic Mass. A vital training for aspiring clergy!

There is no charge for this event, but it is recommended only for those who have been baptized into Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.) and who would like to learn more.

Please bring a snack or beverage to share!

2:00pm-5:00pm: Please arrive no earlier than 1:30pm and no later than 1:50pm.

Gnostic Mass (Open)

a gold chalice

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.

Aphrodite Ritual (Open to 18+) – Feb 2

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) – 23 Feb

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.

Lupercalia Celebration – Mar 2

Sat. Mar. 2, 2019: Lupercalia Celebration ) 7:00pm Please arrive no earlier than 6:30pm and no later than 6:50pm.

Join us in celebrating this ancient Roman festival of purification and fertility, honoring Lupercus, the god of shepherds. Goat stew will be served. Please bring a dish to share at our potluck feast, and a request for cleansing and bounty.

$20 admission or $15 with a potluck contribution; $5 or a potluck contribution for dues-current members. 

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.