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OTA Calendar for 2022

Hear Ye All!

The Ordo Templi Astartes invites you to attend its

first Mot Mass in the new outdoor temple at Rivendell in Silverado

upon the evening of October 29th, 2022. Please arrive before dark

and park snugly. Pot luck and BYOB please bring food and drink.

This is an invitation event. Please clear any additional guests you

wish to bring with us. This is the night we call up the shades of our

ancient avatars. At past Mot Masses we've heard from King Solomon, King

Ahab, and the prophet Enoch. This time we'll honor Lady Baltis, The Queen

of Sheba.

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Blog Posts

Golden Dawn at Rivendell and New Flying Roll

Posted by Poke Runyon on November 15, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

On Sunday November 13th The Ma'at Temple of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn with its Inner Order Vault erected in Rivendell's sacred circle, (see photo) conferred the 5=6 Adeptus Minor grade on three worthy candidates and presented them with a new Flying Roll for that degree: Hermetic…


How do I Participate while Trapped be the Great Firewall in old Peking?

Posted by Frater Aristaeus on November 12, 2022 at 11:10pm 1 Comment

Trapped be the Great Firewall in old Peking.

Dearest friends, Fraters and Soroses at the O.T.A. November 13th, 2022

Greetings and Salutations everyone. The Great Firewall of Chyna sadly prevents me from keeping up with the happenings on the Internet with any real regularity and consistency. I've been wondering for a long time how I can continue to advance and participate while "trapped" here in Chyna. As some of you may know, I've been here for…


OTA at OHM Conclave Mt, Shasta. Hermetic Yoga

Posted by Poke Runyon on July 27, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This last weekend, July 22nd through the 24th, The Ordo Hermeticus Mysteriorum held its long postponed (due to the pandemic) conclave at Mt, Shasta Resort, Mt, Shasta, California. Attending were nearly thirty officers of the Order (R.R. et A.C.) Led by worshipful Paul Clark and Gracious Lady Cindy Forbes. Guest Speakers…


Special Announcements

Hear Ye All!

We are pleased to announce the new YouTube Channel created by Frater SithMeth.

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Is now online.

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The Church of The Hermetic Sciences
Associate Member Program

Nosce te Ipsum

The Church of the Hermetic Sciences was founded in 1970 and incorporated in the State of California in 1971 as a religious philosophical organization dedicated to preserving and continuing the Western Esoteric Tradition through the process of ceremonial initiation and practical instruction in the Hermetic Art-Sciences of Magick, Qabalah, Alchemy, and Astrology.  We follow the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus whose ancient vision is compatible with the deepest esoteric expressions of the three major Biblical religions and Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism.  Our Seasonal Rites and Yoga System are based on the pre-Biblical myth cycle of ancient Canaan and the traditions of Melchizedek and King Solomon. To implement this program the Church sponsors a religious-fraternal Order, The Order of the Temple of Astarte, which is initiatory and follows the Seven Degrees of Crata Repoa, an 18th century European outline of degrees in the ancient Hermetic Tradition.  To learn more about our teaching and work please visit The Hermetic Hour website and listen to our archived podcasts on all aspects of the Hermetic Arts.  Each lecture is introduced by an abstract describing the subject covered. We also call your attention to our journal The Seventh Ray which is available on

We offer an online Associate Member program for worthy aspirants who live beyond the reach of our Temples. This is a graduated program of instruction that parallels and compliments the initiatory sequence without actually conferring or communicating the degrees. However, with study and mentoring, the online student may earn letters of entitlement to receive the degrees. The program includes most of our regular instruction and is open to active initiates and inactive members who have moved away from our temple locations.

To be considered for Associate Membership the applicant should be over 18 years of age, and a free, law-abiding citizen of his/her country (U.S., U.K., and Canada.) You must write us a letter telling us about yourself and your reasons for wanting to join us. After we receive and evaluate your letter we may send you our Membership Application form which includes a membership agreement. You will fill this out providing the information required, sign the agreement and enclose a check or money order for thirty-five dollars $35.00 if you live in the U.S. Forty-five $45.00 if in Canada or U.K. All funds must be in USD checks and money orders made out to: The Church of the Hermetic Sciences.  Send the application with payment to:  The Church of the Hermetic Sciences, Dept. AM, P.O. Box 403, Silverado, CA  92676,  U.S.A.

After receiving and approving your application we will send you your membership package which will include: a membership certificate suitable for framing, a yearly identification card, an updated copy of The Book of Solomon's Magick and The Magick of Solomon DVD (your course text), The Rites of Magick DVD, 20% discount coupons for all other CHS/OTA and Maelstrom publications and productions, and a gift certificate for a free copy of Beyond Lemuria 2nd Edition with your first coupon order.  You will also receive the access code to this website where you will find your lessons and can interact with other members and keep up with Church and Order news and activities.

Tu es Deus

Thabion VIIo



This site is for Associate and Active Members of The Church of the Hermetic Sciences.


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any update on the new editions of Bardon?

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Introducing myself

Started by Frater Taliesin. Last reply by Eli Black 3 hours ago. 3 Replies

Self hypnosis

Started by George Gray May 4, 2021. 0 Replies

Lesson Three Visualization Exercises.

Started by George Paul Luttmann. Last reply by Steve_Petty Jan 15, 2021. 3 Replies

OTA/CHS Enochain System.

Started by George Paul Luttmann. Last reply by Steve_Petty Jan 4, 2021. 1 Reply

OTA/CHS Enochain System.

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Great Conjunction 2020

Started by John Strangis. Last reply by John Strangis Mar 19, 2021. 2 Replies

Hermetic Qabalah... how much must we understand?

Started by Frater Agnofós. Last reply by Poke Runyon Sep 5, 2020. 1 Reply

Any members near the St. Louis, MO area?

Started by Frater Agnofós. Last reply by Frater Agnofós Sep 9, 2021. 5 Replies

Shew stone/crystal ball vs Magic/Dark mirror

Started by Frater Agnofós. Last reply by Poke Runyon Aug 30, 2020. 5 Replies

Members in Philly, PA area

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samadhi lamp

Started by Robert. Last reply by Robert Mar 18, 2021. 12 Replies

What astrological system works for you?

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Any thoughs of Aquarius

Started by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek. Last reply by Adalberto A Melendez Dec 28, 2019. 1 Reply

Triangle and Altar Clarifications

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The Hermetic Hour

Parallel Universes, Magonia in History and Fiction (rebroadcast)

On Thursday August 2nd , 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the alleged Parallel world or trans-dimensional ariel Queendom of the Sylphs known as "Magonia" that was documented in medieval histories and has recently inspired a fantasy novel of that title "Magonia" by Maria Headley (2015) and was the main theme for UFO authority Jacques Vallee's "Passport to Magonia" (1969-93) which delt with the Magonian "close encounters" from the 9th century and other supernatural visitations recounted in European folklore as early examples of alien sightings, close encounters, and abductions, on through to the mysterious "airship" reports from the American West in the 1890s, comparing them with modern reports and investigations. Vallee contends, and as Hermetic devotees we certainly concur, that most of these events are inter-dimensional rather than extra-terrestrial; that there are parallel worlds co-existing with us as near to us as our furniture. This is also the main theme of our film Beyond Lemuria (2007-14) and, as I mentioned last week, is set forth in the old Hermetic book "Comte d'Gablis" (1760) -- So if you'd like to spend an hour in the absolute elsewhere, tune in and we'll take you down the rabbit hole.

The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript (rebroadcast)

On Thursday July 26th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will discuss the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript (Beinecke MS. 408) a late medieval herbal, alchemical and astrological book written in an unknown language and illustrated with pictures of plants and astronomical arrangements that are not of this world. Authorship was originally attributed to Roger Bacon (1214 - 1292) but carbon-dating placed the MS. in the early fifteenth century. John Dee and Edward Kelley have been suggested because of their similar Enochian language creation, but there is no proof of their involvement. The mysterious MS has fascinated both scholars and amateur researchers alike with solutions announced every year since 1943 when the U.S. Government code-breakers attempted to decipher it. A new solution was announced just a week before this broadcast and has already been discredited. The main reason most experts fail seems obvious to a Hermetic scholar. The Voynich MS was not written in cipher. It was written in a language and in an alphabet that has no analog on earth or in this earthly dimension. The key to finding the origin of the Voynich material might be found in another mysterious manuscript published in 1670. We will read this revelation as our contribution toward solving the mystery -- so put on your Indiana Jones fedora and listen in.

Fraternitas Saturni with Stephen Flowers (rebroadcast)

On Thursday July 5th, 2018 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will be joined by author Stephen Flowers, Ph.D. to review and discuss the new revised edition of "The Fraternitas Saturni" (2018). This being the fourth version of the original copyrighted in 1990, and including previously unpublished material making this rendition sensational in occult circles. Flowers traces the FS from its beginning, with Crowley and the O.T.O. inspiring Gregor Gregorius in 1925, through its activities in the Wiemar era, its suppression by the Nazis, its revival after WW II and its eventual split into three bodies after Gregorius died in 1964. We are introduced to the "Adonism" of Franz Sattler (Dr. Musallam) a neo-pagan Venus-Adonis cult (!) that included Wilhelm Quaintscher and Franz Bardon who carried it with them into the Frateritas Saturni. We revisit the infamous FOGC black lodge from Frabato, and the Weida Conference in which Crowley attempted to take over organized occultism in Germany. Most importantly Dr.Flowers presents a detailed analysis of the Gnostic and Luciferian philosophies and doctrines behind the Saturian Gnosis. He outlines their cumbersome 33 degree system and their training program; much of it very similar to Franz Bardon's work. Of course the FS is most noted for its sex magick and we have one of those rituals provided. Quite frankly, this book raises as many questions as it answers, but It is well documented with references to works in German that some of us are going to want translated. So, if you want the answers to questions you had, and more questions you may want to ask about the Fraternitas Saturni then tune in and take notes. .  


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