Promoting and Advancing the Western Esoteric Tradition Since 1971
OTA Calendar for 2021
The Order of the Temple of Astarte is holden
Its 48th consecutive performance of
Winter Solstice Festival
Rivendell Hermitage and Henge, Silverado
on December 18th at Sundown . Please arrive before dark and park snuggly. Pot luck feast follows ceremony. Dress warmly.
Ceremonial robes and masks are welcome.
Please bring food and drink.
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 have made a zero light.
I used a usb led clip light.
I chose this one for two reasons:
It has a round screw on face to conviently add a lighting gel.
It has a clip base so it can be placed in areas where a lamp with a base could be troublesome.
I used two layers of deep blue plastic gel. After using it it may be…Continue
Pictures inside the blog.
I have made a samadhi lamp which Poke has suggested I share.
"You brought your Sahmadhi lamp to Baal Samin and demonstrated it for us. Great job, it got me into an alpha state in 2 minutes. Please post a pic of the finished job so the rest of the members can build one. This is a great tool, use along with Zero Lite."
So I started by using my glass skills to make a lens. I has a lip around the outer edge to recess it into a…Continue
Nosce te Ipsum
One of the most challenging and fullfilling aspects of magick is the making
of equipment and tools. What we have displayed here is the Golden Dawn
Portal Wand used for Enochian Aeyther operations rendered by Frater Taliesin
resting upon the Almadel style personal Altar designed and rendered by V.H.…Continue
Hear Ye All!
Adamson's Quest and Shamgar the Purple Dragon by Poke Runyon has been released and is 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.
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