Thelema Now! Guest: Scott Stenwick

Thelema NOW! - Mon, 10/04/2017 - 16:54

Scott Stenwick gave the lecture Enochian 101 at Leaping Laughter Lodge. Enjoy!

Camera Used for Religious Activities

ModernGnosis - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 08:07

A camera is a must-have gadget like a phone, it helps you capture scenes for future reference and make spiritual activities memorable. Religious activities involve mountain hikes; prayer sessions in caves; outdoor mission and crusades. All these functions need a camera for both personal references and develop a documentary for the religious organizations. Donors and sponsor value images as a proof or the urgent need for help. Look at websites of religious organization involved in donations and international funding; they are filled with images taken from the real life to emphasis on the need to help and to organize a mission for the involved parties.


How then do you get the real shot and a picture of good quality? They type of camera comes in handy for this case. A comparison of Canon’s Rebel line and a GoPro camera will be a good guide on what features to check when purchasing a camera for religious activities. Some of the features to check in a good camera include

  • A high magnification lens to ensure it captures a wider background.
  • The pixels of the camera to improve on contrast, texture and image quality of the religious function
  • Ability to have a shock and waterproof function to help support outdoor religious functions in extreme weather conditions
  • Durability of the camera, this comes when it is made of durable material, which is not prone to cracks and breakages.
  • Advanced settings of the camera to accommodate varied environments and light intensities.
  • A camera with an inbuilt flash helps to detect changes in the light to enhance the picture quality of the object.

Research from various digital experts and brought to you by The Cam Critic shows that all cameras are good it just depends on how a user displays various settings and incorporate the natural lighting system during the function to come up with better image qualities.

Why use a camera during religious activities?
  • Capture video and images

Most cameras have a video function apart from the photographing. When you are working on a budget but you need to take a video of the activity for the archives a camera comes in handy.

  • Social media shares

The social media platforms allow posting of videos and pictures to your wall, groups, and pages. A camera helps to take the pictures for your friends to have a view of the religious activities as a norm or to encourage them to visit the place. Most of the time, people upload good poses and images on social media for emotional fulfillment.

  • Educate the public

Photographing is a simple way of educating individuals about varied subject areas. During the religious missions, it shows the value of religion in social interactions.

  • Keeps memories

Some of the places you visit for religious purposes stick in your memory and passed from generation to generation. How will people know you had such a function without an album of the same?

Just like any function, a camera is vital to maintain the memories and educate the viewers of the impact of the religious functions for the public.


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Thelema Now Peter Levenda 2017

Thelema NOW! - Wed, 15/03/2017 - 19:49

Drawing on decades of experience, author and historian Peter Levenda turns to the novel as the best and perhaps only way to tell a story that has to be told – that hidden within the tales of America's most iconic writer of gothic horror, H.P. Lovecraft, runs a vein of actual terror.

Gregory Angell, the present-day descendant of George Angell in Lovecraft's “Call of Cthulhu,” is summoned by a nameless covert agency of the US government to retrieve a sacred book from the grasp of an Islamist terror network operating out of northern Iraq, in the land of the Yezidi. Peter explains where all this comes from and how he had to continually update the book in light of current events.  

Spirituality vs Guns – The mystery of achieving true Spiritual Connectedness

ModernGnosis - Mon, 27/02/2017 - 08:15

For as long as there has been man made weapons and biometric safes, there has been a debate whether spirituality and guns have something in common. This is especially true when it comes to guns. In the last couple of decades, we have been witnesses to mass shootings, and other violent crimes committed with guns. These unfortunate acts of violence, have led many of us to think about whether there is some yet unknown spiritual mystery about guns. The real question here is, whether we need guns to guns to control our fears and maintain our spirituality.

Many of us would agree that our spirituality rests on two main pillars, love and fear. Most people associate love with superficial feelings, or material items, like roses or some other gifts. The truth is, that love is much greater, above our mental grasp, and it represents our connection with our Spirituality and God.

Love vs Fear

You are probably one of those people wondering whether you should use guns, whenever you feel threatened or afraid. In order to find the real answer, you need to look deep into your soul and see whether your spirit is guided by Love or Fear.

Delving deep into your thoughts, you will find that Love is the real answer. Fear is not. Fear is just our mind’s way of coping with the unknown. Man fears that which he doesn’t know. By letting fear overtake your mind and body, you will become irrational, senseless, and irresponsible of your actions. By resorting to violence and guns, your spirit will deteriorate, and your connection with it will break down. From a spiritual perspective, no violence is justified. Guns have a very singular purpose. They are tools of violence, and nothing else. Yes, you can use them, in dire situations. when your or your loved ones’ lives are in danger. But, whatever the reason might be, your spirituality will suffer.

By avoiding violence and refusing to use guns, you will reconnect with your spirit. That way you will remove the boundaries that your ego and your body have set up in the form of fear. This is a life changing truth, and you should never let yourself get derailed from the path of spirituality, by those who only seek to hurt one another, and whose actions are governed by their fears and anger. However, the sense of fear is an inseparable element of the human psyche. We all act sometimes from fear. But, mistakes are usually made by those who defend themselves with guns, thinking that they are somehow contributing to the safety of the world and justice. Using guns only perpetuates violence. It breeds the “eye for an eye” philosophy, and promotes over-reliance on fear-based tools, like guns, as a false substitution for real safety.

By outright refusing to use guns, and other tools of violence, you will find your true spirituality. You will realize that you don’t have to hurt other human beings, in order to protect your physical body. By avoiding violence, you will overcome the false feeling of fear. By overcoming the fear, you will break down the barrier that prevents you from truly connecting with your spirit.

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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!

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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Thelema93-L - Sun, 12/05/2013 - 22:25
93s to what seem to be generally more advanced Thelemites than I. I was pleased to discover www.outer-college.org has the Student Oath and reading list with
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Tahuti Lodge, O.T.O., NYC, Calendar of Events for May 2013 e.v.

Thelema93-L - Tue, 07/05/2013 - 04:13
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Tahuti Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, NYC MAY 2013 EV Calendar of Events + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
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Thelema93-L - Wed, 01/05/2013 - 10:58
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Thelema Frater Jake, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... Please tell me who AaaK was? Love is the Law, Love under Will. ALWays, Soror Binah
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:29
Together, they have a nice ring: Aum! let it fill me! [228] Aum! let it kill me! [219] FWIW by EQ11: fill 45: 45 & not & be A worm, a a scholar a foul
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Sun, 21/04/2013 - 22:28
Thelema 93, Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. ... ways of thinking about the material and our relationships with it Thank you so much for
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:33
kill as opposed to fill likely involves AC's extreme & simplistic take on 'Buddhist' ego death; thence to other half baked stuff. Whether Thelema should
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 09:02
... funnily enough that's where I opened mine ... The pseudo-exegetical process involved in the change sounds dubious; not that I've ever been specially
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Thu, 18/04/2013 - 06:49
Dwtw I think Fr. RIKB has accurately summarized the basic arguments pro and con. A couple of notes to add. It is true that the phrase in question reflects
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 07:29
Do what thou wilt Shall be the whole of the Law. The problem here is that this particular line seems to be entirely of Crowley's own invention as a kind of
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 06:11
... I figure I'll stick with what I know works, i.e. "fill" - I feel no compulsion to change. Opinion subject to change if experience teaches otherwise. I
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Re: Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 06:05
93, Leo! ... Let me see if I can briefly summarize the arguments on both sides. First, Crowley receives the Book of the Law, and at some point writes (in
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Kill versus Fill

Thelema93-L - Tue, 16/04/2013 - 03:21
Dwtw I'm interested in hearing the opinions pro and con regarding the decision by the USGL of the OTO to change the wording of Liber CCXX verse 3:37 to say
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Re: The State of Thelema Today

Thelema93-L - Tue, 09/04/2013 - 02:42
Robert Furtkamp wrote: "Do the Work. Your Work. Don't speculate. Do. The universe will reveal itself to you." Most useful comment I've seen on this forum in
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