Promoting and Advancing the Western Esoteric Tradition Since 1971
OTA Calendar for 2021
The Ordo Templi Astartes announces its annual
celebration of Samhain and the traditional
Mot Mass at Rivendell upon October 30th at dusk.
This performance will feature the Lord of Darkness
channeling an ancient Avatar from "The Bone Throne"
in the Pavillion of the Gods.
Pot luck feast. Bardic Circle.
At Rivendell on Saturday September 25th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Pot luck to follow.
Please arrive before dark and park snugly.
Members may bring guests but please clear them with us in advance. Email us for permission and directions.
Astarte to Mot:
"Seven veils I left behind me at the gates through which I passed.
Seven treasures given dearly
But I freely yield the last!
For my hidden veil is darkness,
Where the final secrets lie,
For in thy pride thou has forgotten:
Even Death must surely Die!"
I remain both honored and privileged to have spent a few days with Carroll "Poke" Runyon at his home in Silverado, CA. This trip was very special for me, not only because of my Pastophoris initiation, but because of the personal, hands-on, training and discussions that I had with Poke.
I experienced my first angelic invocation (Raphael) and witnessed Frater Thabion channel the angel, who then spoke through him. I got to meet a number of the OTA's active members, including Frater Solomon, Soror Urania and Frater Memnonides, as well as a few others that came to witness the Pastophoris initaion ceremony, where I was initiated along side my newest brother, Frater Prometheus.Continue
As a child, I met Jezebel while visiting the Temple of Astarte in Zidon. We played a game called sticks and marbles during one of our seasonal celebrations. I made sure to be nice to King Ithobaal, because I already knew I wanted to marry her. She even told me, “Ahab, when we grow up, you’re gonna be my husband.”…Continue
I know.... I should be doing my pathworkings. And I will! Got a little side tracked. This is something I've been working on. I just moved into a bigger place and I have room for a magickal temple now. So I got to move out of the living room and into its own dedicated space. Just wanted to show off some pictures. It's not done but it's coming along.
I, bought a Better Sweet plant. Last Wednesday, July 14th. This day, the 13th Mansion Moon was in a prefix position to build a talisman and consecrate it. I have a new home, and I am adding plants to the yard. So instead of Manufacturing a form, I am already using a living life form of a plant as the Home's Talisman. I bought a Beauty of a "Better Sweet, " at Sparta Floral & Greenhouses in the Astrological time frame, and I also had enough time to "Dedicate," the plant using my Magical Staff. To build a Magical Home, one needs to invite Spirits to reside, which a manifest by creating an invitation. The Magical Dedication I used Elements in Chris Warnock book " Mansion of the Moon." In short...The thirteenth Mansion is called [Alahue]. It is begun from the 4th degree 17th minute and 6th second of Virgo, and is ended in the 17th degree 8th minute and 36th second of this sign. In this mansion you may make…Continue
Here is an Aluminum Lion Head, the backing of Lion has the 10th Mansion of the Moon Talisman, I made. This Talisman was elected with moon having no negative planets, making an applying orb, to this Moon. The Plaque is unique ,as an addition to the home. The tenth Mansion is called Algebhal. It begins from the 25th degree 42nd minute and 51st second of Cancer, and is finished in the 8th degree 34th minute and 18th second of Leo. In this mansion, you may fashion images to create love between a man and woman, and for the destruction of enemies, and for the goodwill of allies, and alternately for the assistance of them.
Picatrix pp. xxxix-xlii. (translation by Robert Thomas)
I used the Traditional Astrology, plus references from Franz Bardom book "Initiation to Hermetics" , and…
On May 1st we accomplished two important things: we conferred The 5th Degree Balahate, The Alchemical Dgree of Crata Repoa, upon V.H. Soror Urania. This degree is based on the Temple Legend of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and the Casting of the Brazen Sea.
On the same date we released The Seventh Ray Book IV Omnibus issue, The Violet Ray on Amazon. The Omnibus issue is a 277 page hardcover book that features facsimiles of the original issues of The Seventh Ray from the 1970s. It is a time capsule from the era of the Magical Revival, featuring the first publication of Jack Parsons Freedom is a Two-edged Sword, Thabion's Return of the Grail in the Age of Aquarius, Adamson's Quest, the History of the O.T.A. The Cult of the Sangreal and articles by William G. Gray, …Continue
Hear Ye All!
Adamson's Quest and Shamgar the Purple Dragon by Poke Runyon has been released and will soon be available from Amazon.com. This is a 245 page fantasy novel (two novels actually) by Poke Runyon published by The Church of the Hermetic Sciences. $24.95 on-line or $19.95 to Associate Members.
Here's what the back-cover reveals about the book: -- The adventures of the first and final fool on the Paths and in the Spheres of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. From the Pages of the original Seventh Ray (1972 -1978) comes the classic Magical Novel of the modern occult revival. Based on the O.T.A.'s unique Attention Point Pathworking System and the author's personal insights and experiences on the Inner Planes. Enoch Adamson's adventure begins in the curio shop of old Hermes Trismegistis. Hermes becomes Adamson's Mentor and helps him begin his astral journey of self and spiritual discovery. The old wizard dresses young Enoch in the costume of the Fool of the Tarot and sends him on a dream-quest to find The Horn of the Unicorn, the Eye of the Basilisk, and the Feather of the Phoenix. Enoch's personal and psychological development proceeds in metaphoric episodes from Malkuth to Yesod on the 32nd Path and continues as he struggles with social issues in his attempt to reach the Great Library in the Sphere of Hod via the 30th and the 31st Paths where he will reconnect with his mentor Hermes Trismegistis. Poke Runyon calls on his skills as a fantasy-adventure writer (Drell Master 2001) to present Adamson's learnings about himself and society in exciting and sometimes erotic parables. Adamson's Quest is an entertaing fantasy novel with an underlying substrata of esoteric secret wisdom that students of Western Magick will appreciate and treasure -- and as a bonus the author the author includes his exciting mythological fantasy adventure, based on the Biblical Book of Judges, Shamgar, the Purple Dragon. The Phoenician Pirate who became the first king of ancient Israel.
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 Amazon.com.
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