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Hear Ye All!

Lords and Ladies

The Ordo Templi Astartes

Presents its

49th Consecutive

Performance of

The Festival of Seven Gates

(Astarte's descent into the underworld) on

September 23rd at Rivendell in Silverado.

Please arrive at dusk and park snugly. Please bring food and drink.

This is an invitational event so clear any additional guests you wish to bring with us

by email to Thabion at

Blessings of the Season.

Astarte, to the Dark Lord:

Seven Veils I left Behind me,

In the gates through which I passed -

Seven treasures given dearly,

But I freely yield the lest...

For my hidden veil is darkness,

Where the deepest secrets lie...

In thy pride thou hast forgotten,

 Even Death must surely Die!"

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Blog Posts

Pendulum techniques

Posted by Jim on August 22, 2023 at 3:11pm 1 Comment

I'm not having much success with the pendulum technique outlined in LeCron's book. Does anyone have pointers on perhaps training techniques for this practice? I've had success with deep samadhi states and moving fingers, hands, arms, but the pendulum, sadly no. Maybe I should perform fixed gazed and get into a good samadhi state before using it? Thanks!

Man and his symbols by Carl Jung

Posted by Jim on August 13, 2023 at 4:15am 0 Comments

I just picked this up at the library and I'm only 1 chapter in and it's great. Has anyone given this a read?

Self hypnotism by Leslie LeCron

Posted by Jim on August 6, 2023 at 5:48am 3 Comments

I am curious to know how outdated, if at all, are the concepts in LeCron's self Hypnotism book? I read it many years ago and am going through it again as part of the associate member program. I'd like to come up to speed on the relevant theories mentioned in his book. Thoughts?

Adonia 2023 at Rivendell

Posted by Zandria on July 8, 2023 at 8:41pm 0 Comments

Special Announcements

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



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