Queer Sex Magic – August 24

Thista Minai

Sexual energy is a potent source of magical power, but generating that power is too often discussed purely in terms of polarity. Let’s journey outside the binary and explore other ways of generating sexual energy. We’ll briefly examine a Queer take on polarity, then dive into resonance, balance, and synergy as intentional tools that are sometimes even better choices to power our magical intentions.

Our presenter, Thista Minai, is a kink educator and author of Casting a Queer Circle: Non-Binary Witchcraft. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature.

4:00pm
Doors open at 3:30pm.
$20 admission; free for dues-current WBL members. Snacks and beverages will be available.

Lilith Ritual (age 18+ only) – July 27

Lilith

Eclectic Witch High Priest Crimson Corvus Luna will lead a Lilith Ritual followed by a potluck feast. This ritual focuses on Lilith’s invitation to fly free from the shackles of our physical world and man’s patriarchal laws, to embrace our full unbridled power and essence of expression. She challenges us to move beyond patriarchal power and convention, to honor our hearts’ desires and true nature as Divine. She asks you to be loyal to your own inner passion and make no compromise to your authentic self. Her wisdom and power challenge all that we know of our culture, yet she leads us into the re-emergence of the Goddess ways of joy, pleasure and love as the core guiding wisdom.

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.

5:00pm
Please arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and no later than 4:50pm.
$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.

What is Afro-Cuban Orisha Worship? – July 13-14

A beautiful collection of ceremonial beads

Afro-Cuban Orisha Worship, or Lucumí, is an African diasporic religion that is rich in culture and beauty. The Orishas are like demi-godforms who interact with us here on earth and intercede for us with Olodumare or God as we journey through life. They teach us through stories and divination. We honor them in song and dance. Come join us at William Blake Lodge as Brother Jeren (an Olocha of 15 years) shares his knowledge of this practice and a bit of his own journey with the Orishas.

Saturday will begin with a small ceremony where we will ask the Ancestors for blessings as we open ourselves to learn about this dynamic practice. Afterward will be a group discussion of how we all incorporate the honoring of the Ancestors in our own practices, setting the tone for a look at some history about the Orishas in the New World and specifically Cuba. Throughout the day we will talk about the Orishas, their stories, cosmology, stories, divination, and, if there is time, some song and dance. How do any of these concepts correlate to Thelema? All of these discussions are welcome.

Sunday will be individual divination sessions for those from Saturday who are interested. Readings run about an hour, though sometimes longer.

Saturday lunch is provided.

10:00am-6:00pm both days
Please arrive no earlier than 9:30am
Admission: Saturday $25; $15 for dues-current WBL members. Sunday readings $30 per person.

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Baltimore Reiki Share (Open) – July 7

Hands with light around them

We will have a special celebration and study of the Japanese “Tanabata” 七夕 Star Festival before beginning the Baltimore Reiki Share this evening. “Tanabata celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku (短冊 tanzaku), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.”

Reiki Master/Instructor Richard A. Davis will then lead a Reiki Share and give free Reiki Level 1 (Shoden 初伝 – “First Teaching”) Attunements (Reiju 霊授) to attendees. Anyone is welcome to come and receive a Reiki treatment, or practice giving Reiki to those who are willing to receive it.

Richard began studying Reiki in Florida in 2007, studied under and received attunements from Reiki Masters in Tokyo and Kyoto from 2008-2010, has visited several sacred sites of Reiki, Shinto, and Shingon Buddhism such as Mt. Kurama, Mt. Fuji, and Mt. Koya, and has taught and attuned hundreds of students to Reiki since 2010 in Tokyo, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and DC. We will also study Reiki’s compatibility with such practices as Yoga, Asana, as Pranayama as they relate to one’s spiritual development. Our group’s study of Reiki will examine the influences of Mount Kurama, Esoteric Buddhism, and Japanese language and culture on the Reiki system, in addition to teaching techniques from both the Eastern and Western lineages that have been the most effective for Reiki treatments.

Whether you are a beginner or already attuned to the Master/Teaching level of Reiki, all paths and all practitioners are welcome to join our Baltimore Reiki Share and learn more about the Japanese view of Reiki, the cultural influences on the Sacred Symbols, and how these concepts are understood in the Japanese language. Attendees will also examine the connections Reiki has to the mythos and deities of Mount Kurama, and come to appreciate the full meaning of the Reiki Principles written by Usui Mikao through an in-depth study of their Japanese/English translation. Our primary aim is to cultivate a holistic sense of understanding that can be passed on and shared with all practitioners of Reiki.

5:00pm
Please arrive no earlier than 4:30pm and no later than 4:55pm.
Suggested Donation: $10 (No donation necessary to attend.)

O.T.O. Degree Discussion Group: First Degree (Closed to I°) – July 7

Vishuddha chakra

Sib. Ayin will lead an O.T.O. Degree Discussion Group on the First Degree, closed to initiates of this Degree or higher. Discussion will include a review of recommended study materials, symbolic analysis, Q&A, and practice upon request.

3:00pm
Please arrive no earlier than 2:30pm and no later than 2:55pm.
Please RSVP to attend by emailing:
secretary@williamblakeoto.org

Heaven & Hell wants you!

Cover of 2018 Edition of Heaven and Hell

Looking to contribute to the next issue of Heaven and Hell? The next volume will focus on Witchcraft and the intersection of Thelema and Witchcraft, but other contributions are welcome and encouraged. Materials should be submitted in rich text format, and will be accepted through June 30, 2019. Please email deputy@williamblakeoto.org for details, or to contribute submissions. Feel free to also email for queries or to let us know about planned submissions.

Theme: The Intersection of Witchcraft and Thelema
Our focus for the 2019 issue will be on the Intersection of Thelema and Witchcraft. Submissions can be within this theme, related to elements of this theme, or not thematic at all.

Some Ideas for Thematic Submissions

  • Regarding the shared history, or shared practices or concepts between Thelema and modern witchcraft
  • Thelemic readings of traditional witchcraft practices and history
  • Thelemic varieties of Modern Witchcraft (Gardnerian, Hawk and Jackal, Parsons)
  • Witchcraft and traditional learned magic
  • Cunningfolk and ceremonial magic
  • Materials on witchcraft, historical, traditional, or modern

Ideas for Non-Thematic Submissions
essays, articles, poetry or artwork concerning:

  • Thelema
  • magic – modern or traditional
  • spirituality
  • sex/sexuality
  • mysticism
  • ideas of interest for Thelemites, Magicians, and Mystics

Format
Please submit in Rich Text Format. Please avoid significant special formatting. Submissions should not have decorative artwork unless discussed prior but may contain artwork which illustrates the topics in the written work.

Length
Submissions may be of any length. We are not worried about them being too long or too short. 

Rights
Authors retain all rights to their work but grant us permission to use It in this and any other print, electronic, or online editions of Heaven and Hell or other WBL publications. 

Gnostic Mass – Celebration of Nuit for Tanabata 七夕 Star Festival – July 7

Tanabata

We will have a special performance of the Gnostic Mass “to Nuit” this day in celebration of the Japanese “Tanabata” Star Festival, held annually on the 7th Day of the 7th Month (July 7th).

“Tanabata celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku (短冊 tanzaku), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.”

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

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.

Please arrive no earlier than 12:30pm and no later than 12:55pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current WBL members.