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Thelema Now! Frater Ashen Chassan (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 25/01/2017 - 20:41

Thelema Now host Harper Feist speaks to Frater Ashen Chassan about his new book Gateways Through Light and Shadow. This is the second book by Bryan Garner, (aka Frater Ashen Chassan) and in it we are again offered the illuminating opportunity to observe and learn from a practicing magus engaged in his Work. 

To checkout Gateways, click here!

Thelema Now! Guest: Thomas Hatsis

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 29/12/2016 - 22:49

In our final podcast of 2016, Thelema Now host Frater Puck speaks with Thomas Hatsis about his book, The Witches' Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic. Find out what old-school witches were really up to and how you can recreate those ancient recipes!  Great stuff!  

To order the book - click here!

Thelema Now! Guest: David Shoemaker 2016 (38 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 19:57

Returning to Thelema Now is David Shoemaker!  The Living Thelema author talks to Frater Puck about his newest project The Winds of Wisdom

To learn more and order books, visit livingthelema.com/

Thelema Now! Guest: David Shoemaker 2016 (38 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Thu, 15/12/2016 - 19:57

Returning to Thelema Now is David Shoemaker!  The Living Thelema author talks to Frater Puck about his newest project The Winds of Wisdom

To learn more and order books, visit livingthelema.com/

Thelema Now! Guest: Brandy Williams (55 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 18/11/2016 - 16:39

Thelema Now's host Harper Fiest talks with Brandy Williams about what it's like to be a woman in Thelema, how times have changed, and how they need to change some more! Her book, For the Love of the Gods, The History and Modern Practice of Theurgy, Our Pagan Inheritance, is available now on Amazon and other fine book sellers.  And check out Brandy's website, brandywilliams.org

Infographics: Religious Indicator

ModernGnosis - Sat, 29/10/2016 - 11:16

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9 Reasons Religion is So Powerful

ModernGnosis - Mon, 24/10/2016 - 11:16

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How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

ModernGnosis - Tue, 11/10/2016 - 11:08

Oftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, part and even at a coffee shop.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.

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Grimoire of Aleister Crowley SOLD OUT!

abrahadabra.net - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 22:41

The first edition of Rodney’s Orpheus’ Grimoire of Aleister Crowley is now SOLD OUT. There are currently no concrete plans for a reprint of the hardcover version, but we will be looking at options for a softcover version going forward.

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Thelema Now! Guest: Matthew Marble (24 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Tue, 04/10/2016 - 20:46

Thelema Now's Frater Puck talks to Princeton University grad Matthew Marble about his dissertation Buddhist Bubblegum: Esoteric Buddhism in the Creative Process of Arthur Russell.  (You can read the full dissertation here.

For the uninitiated, the late Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, producer, singer, and musician whose work spanned a disparate range of styles. Trained in contemporary experimental composition and Indian classical music, Russell found success in downtown New York's avant-garde and disco scenes in the 1970s and 1980s.

A prolific recording artist, Russell produced a considerable collection of material over the course of his career, including a number of successful underground dance hits under various aliases, but his near-chronic inability to complete projects resulted in a limited amount of released output; World of Echo (1986) would be his only full-length solo album to see release during his lifetime. Russell also collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass, poet Allen Ginsberg, musicians such as Peter Zummo and David Byrne, and DJs such as Walter Gibbons and Nicky Siano. He died from AIDS in 1992, still in relative obscurity and nearly broke.

His music lives on - so check it out!

The Importance of Religion Today

ModernGnosis - Sat, 01/10/2016 - 16:28

More and more people are seemingly drifting away from religion, converting themselves from strong followers of a belief, to becoming an atheist who knows no God. But despite of what other people say, religion is still important. It’s a part of our history, and also a current part of ourselves.

Religion is important because…

…it fortifies the confidence of one’s self. Religion provides us something to believe in. It feeds us the idea that everything we do is divine and for worship. This gives people the desire to go out and work each day.

…it has an impact on the political system. Back in the days, religion has played a very important role. And even until today, it still affects the activities and decisions made in the political world. Political leaders take oaths in the name of God, before they can take the seat in the government.

…it affects the economy. One of the many examples is the rise of capitalism, influenced by the Protestant ethics. Meanwhile, the Hindus is very specific of spiritual improvement over material, thus materialism doesn’t develop in India.

…optimum source of social solidarity. The most important requirement to be able to a call group of people a society are the existence of social values where each person controls his/her actions, and of the others. Science nor technology can’t fill this aspect. Science didn’t teach us to obey our parents, nor did technology teach us to be honest at all times.

…it is a medium of socialization and social control. Those who believe in a religion digest certain ideals and values from their belief. It can help the young generation of today to become moral, disciplined and socialized individuals of the society. Religious places also control the behavior of people at a various point.

…it changes animal qualities to human qualities. Religion demands the people to be charitable and kind-hearted. With different religious experiences, a believer forgets the worldly life and the problems that come with it. These experiences discourages the animal desires, and changes the animal aspects of each person to human qualities.

…it promotes social virtues. Through religion, we learn things such as truth, honesty, peace, service, love, morality, and a lot more. A believer of a religion absorbs these social virtues and turns into a disciplined individual of the society.

…it teaches us that doing the wrong things have consequences. If you kill someone, you will not only commit a crime, but you will also take a life of another person that is not yours for the taking. If you lie to someone, you will not only hide the truth from him/her, but you also breaks that trust that he/she has in you.

…it keeps people, specifically depressed ones from committing suicide. We live in a mean world where it is confusing and complicated. No one really knows what happens when we die. Religion is created to answer questions such as, why are we here. Who put me in this world? How was the world made?

 

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Registration open for NOTOCON XI

OTO US Grand Lodge - Tue, 27/09/2016 - 16:00

The eleventh biennial National O.T.O. Conference (NOTOCON XI) will be held in Orlando FL on August 11-13 2017. Registration for this event is now open. You can also reserve a hotel room at the venue. Watch the NOTOCON XI website for updates on speakers, scheduling, and more.

Calendar events outage

OTO US Grand Lodge - Mon, 26/09/2016 - 22:08

We are having technical difficulties with providing information about upcoming U.S. Grand Lodge events on our website. We will have these back in working order as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can always consult the full calendar hosted by Google here.

Thelema Now! Guest: Joseph Peterson (2 hours)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 21:26

WOW!  This is a long one, but a great one.  Buckle up for this two-hour lecture from Joseph Peterson on the Sworn Book of Honorius.  


Joseph Peterson is a renowned scholar of the magical grimoires. Through his web site esotericarchives.com, Joseph has made ancient grimoires availalbe to the public for study and research for many years. His annotations with his notes and research has provided unequaled insight and understanding to modern magicians seeking to tap into the lore and power of the traditional Grimoire traditions.

Thelema Now! Guest: Sallie Ann Glassman (39 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Fri, 19/08/2016 - 18:26

Thelema Now talks to one of our favorite people - Sallie Ann Glassman.  Sallie tells host Harper Feist about her journey to New Orleans, doing public ritual, and working with spirits.  Check it out! 

Lon DuQuette: 40 Years in the O.T.O.

Speech in the Silence - Fri, 05/08/2016 - 13:16
Speech in the Silence continues to publish in a new form on YouTube. This previously unreleased material features Lon DuQuette reciting his material from his NOTOCON X lecture entitled "40 Years in the O.T.O.: Observations and commentaries on the growth and evolution of the O.T.O. since my Minerval initiation in 1975 EV to today."

How to Handle Great Conversation about Religion

ModernGnosis - Tue, 02/08/2016 - 19:53

Oftentimes, when we talk about religion amongst our family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, it ends up in a heated argument, especially with the diversity of opinions and beliefs when it comes to the topic of believing in a so-called powerful being.

But it doesn’t always have to be an argument.

It can be a great way to teach other people what you know about your own religion, and not a medium to force someone to share the same belief as you do. It doesn’t have to be in a church, you can do it anywhere, at home, school, workplace, park. Or go out and buy an automatic espresso maker or even meet up in a coffee shop (see more at http://www.coffeeonfleek.com/best-commercial-espresso-machines-reviews/) . Coffee has quickly become our favorite way to meet people and have exciting intellectual conversations.

Here are some great tips on how to handle a conversation about religion, without getting on someone’s nerves.

Be curious about what they’re going to say

You’re not just having a talk about religion to say what you have to say, but also to listen to what other people say. Don’t waste the time just talking about facts you know, beliefs that you strongly respect and opinions that you would want to share. Give time for others to share their opinion of the topic. Don’t stop him/her in the middle of her sentences, it’s rude and disrespectful.

If you’re having a talk, and you’re the host, use the time at the end of the discussion to listen to your audience’s question and opinions. Also, encourage them to politely raise their hands and actively engage into your discussion.

Don’t step on someone’s toes

All the things we know about religion, God and the life after death isn’t permanent as we thought. Instead, it’s a belief that changes through space and time. Take for an example, thousands of years ago, our belief used to teach the society that homosexuality is a sin, and the population of gay people is an abomination. Today, even though a lot of people still believe in that teaching 20 years ago, homosexuality is already accepted by religion.

You should know this before you talk with other people because it will help you realize your limitations and remember your place. When it comes to the topic of faith, you can’t step on someone’s shoes and force them to share the same belief. It isn’t your responsibility nor your job to push someone.

But, your job is to openly discuss your view from where you stand and just hope (and not force) that it will help, encourage and challenge the people you were sharing with

And if it ever gets tense, learn to stand down

Even though you did your best controlling the situation, it can still get blown out of proportion. Besides, if things get out of control, it usually becomes unproductive and uninteresting, and the conversation becomes personal. There’s no point in continuing if you’ve already entered the domain of argument. If he or she says something that pisses you off, just breathe and try to be calm. Don’t fight back and lay down your “weapons”.

 

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USGL Annual Report for 2015

OTO US Grand Lodge - Sat, 30/07/2016 - 20:26

The U.S. Grand Lodge annual report for AL Vi (fiscal year 2015) is now online. This and previous annual reports are available on our Mission and Planning page.

Thelema Now! Guest: Azi Rasa (21 minutes)

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 13/07/2016 - 22:10

Who is Samuel Aiwaz Jacobs? How is he the link between Thelema and the Yezidi people?  And who is this "Peacock God?"  Listen as Azi Rasa tells us about the Yezidi people, their unique religion, and what it means to you!

Find out more about Azi's upcoming lectures!  Visit his Facebook page here!

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