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Hear Ye All

The Order of the Temple of Astarte will present the
47th consecutive annual performance of its ancient

Seven Gates

Autumn Equinox


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!"


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Blog Posts

Home temple update.

Posted by George Paul Luttmann on September 12, 2021 at 6:00am 3 Comments

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…


Dedicated a Better Sweet Plant, to the 13th Mansion of the Moon

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on July 20, 2021 at 10:30am 3 Comments

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…


The Ars Notoria and The Lost Word

Posted by Poke Runyon on July 10, 2021 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

The Hermetic Hour for Thursday July…


Lion, 10th Mansion of the Moon Talisman.

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on June 29, 2021 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

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…


Corpus Christi Ceremony Part Two

Posted by Poke Runyon on June 28, 2021 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Corpus Christi Part Two

The Circumambulation resumes with the TRANSFORMATION CHANT:…


Tidings from Rivendell May 5th, 2021 -- 5th Degree Balahate and Release of 7th Ray Book IV Omnibus

Posted by Poke Runyon on May 4, 2021 at 10:30am 0 Comments

           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…


Special Announcements

Hear Ye All!


Adamson's Quest and Shamgar the Purple Dragon by Poke Runyon has been released and will soon be available from 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. 

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.


any update on the new editions of Bardon?

Started by Ethan. Last reply by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek Sep 19. 1 Reply


Started by Omega B.. Last reply by Steve_Petty Jul 21. 1 Reply

Introducing myself

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Self hypnosis

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Lesson Three Visualization Exercises.

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OTA/CHS Enochain System.

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OTA/CHS Enochain System.

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Great Conjunction 2020

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Hermetic Qabalah... how much must we understand?

Started by Joshua Wallace. Last reply by Poke Runyon Sep 5, 2020. 1 Reply

Any members near the St. Louis, MO area?

Started by Joshua Wallace. Last reply by Joshua Wallace Sep 9. 5 Replies

Shew stone/crystal ball vs Magic/Dark mirror

Started by Joshua Wallace. Last reply by Poke Runyon Aug 30, 2020. 5 Replies

Members in Philly, PA area

Started by Ana Soares. Last reply by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek Aug 17, 2020. 5 Replies

samadhi lamp

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What astrological system works for you?

Started by Adalberto A Melendez Dec 28, 2019. 0 Replies

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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Are any members in the SoCal OC region?

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The Hermetic Hour

The Splendor Solis by Solomon Trismosin (re-broadcast)

On Thursday September 15th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Alchemical Classic "Splendor Solis" by Solomon Trismosin 1582. This magnificently illustrated work is considered to be the most beautiful illuminated manuscript of all the Medieval and Renaissance occult books. It draws on all of the earlier Alchemical classics such as the Turba Philosophorum. Solomon Trismosin was said to have been the mentor of the most famous of all alchemists Paracelsus. The twenty-two beautiful allegorical paintings that illustrate the book are the work of the Renaissance master Lucas van Leiden. The symbolic paintings have been likened to the twenty-two greater arcana of the Tarot.This book has been a great influence on Rosicrucianism and deserves a place in any study of that tradition, so if you want to peek at the Splendor of the Sun, put on your dark glasses and tune in.

The Tomb of Prester John, Chapter One, by Poke Runyon

The Hermetic Hour for Thursday October 7th, 2021 -- will feature a dramatic reading of the first chapter of "The Tomb of Prester John" a new magical adventure novel by Hermetic Hour host Poke Runyon. The protagonist of the story is the same Indiana Jonesish anthropologist Poke created and portrayed in his film "Beyond Lemuria" where we saw Doc Roland exploring the ruined city of Nan Modal. In this new adventure Roland and his beautiful belly-dancing lady archaeologist Sophie Nasrani, go in search of the fabulous tomb of the legendary medieval priest-king Prester John. They have a 12th century letter written by Prester John to emperor Frederick Barbarossa and an antique magic lantern to decode the script. They know the tomb is located somewhere east of Samarkand but Sophie must evoke the prophetess Jezebel in a full moon ritual dance. Throughout their adventure they are stalked by Sophie's former lover Khalil ibn Iblis, a terrorist who believes he is the reincarnation of Hassan Sabbah and has revived the cult of the Assassins. As the tale progresses we will air it chapter by chapter on the Hermetic Hour, so if you want to get in at the beginning, tune in tonight and get ready for High Adventure.

James Branch Cabell's "Jurgen" (re-broadcast)

On Thursday September first, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will discuss James Branch Cabell's romantic fantasy novel JURGEN (1919).This delightfully satirical and deeply esoteric work is considered Cabell's masterpiece and a classic of American literature. It might best be quickly described as an Oz book for adults. Modern readers will liken Cabell's tale to a Monty Python script. Chapter XXII was inspired by Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass which prompted Crowley to praise Cabell as America's greatest novelist. We will read the infamous 22nd chapter along with some of the symbolically described erotic passages that got the original book banned in New York. This backfired and made JURGEN a national bestseller in the 1920s. And it is still a great read -- so if you want to spend an hour with Messers Cabell and Crowley, tune in and we will follow Jurgen chasing his first love all the way from puberty to Hell, which is a liberal democracy and up to Heaven which is a Southern Baptist dictatorship, administered by a black house slave. Maybe we can get it banned again!

"Journey to The Castle" by Ann Finnin

On Thursday September 23rd, 2021, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review Journey to the Castle (2021) by Ann Finnin who will join us on the show to guide us recalling her journey to find the roots of Traditional British Witchcraft. As most of us know modern British witchcraft is divided between Gardnarian and Robert Gravesian branches. The Gravesian branch springing mostly from Bill Gray and Robert Cochcrane (Roy Bowers) and imported to America by Joe Wilson as the Order of 1734. Dave and Ann Finnin’s Coven of the Roebuck grew out of 1734 but they wanted to get to the real roots of their inspiration. Go to England, meet the elders, walk the lay lines, visit the castles. Learn the truth first hand. This book recalls that quest, documents their discoveries and presents Ann’s insights on the meanings and significance of this most shamanic form of modern witchcraft. If you want to know how to cross the moat tune in and take notes.

Orwell's 1984 and Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (re-broadcast)

On Thursday August 25th, 2016 The Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on two modern classics that hold up mirrors to modern society and recent history: George Orwell's 1984 (1949) and Ortega de Gassett's Revolt of the Masses (1929).Both authors were socialists and both were involved in the Spanish Civil War. 1984 is called a "dystopia"and describes British post World War II socialism evolving into a nightmarish double-plus-ungood (Stalinistic) tyranny where everyone is brainwashed into believing that: "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength." In "Revolt of the Masses" Ortega de Gassett disputes the liberal dictum that universal literacy and education can ennoble and uplift "the common people" into a body politic capable of rational and reasonable self government, Hence democracy must be controlled by an intellectual elite (sound familiar). Both these books are classics and more important today than when they were written. We will try to put them in a Hermetic perspective for you (sociology is the new black magick) so if you want to peek into the future from way back when, tune in and we'll part the veil.


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