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Hear Ye All!

The Order of the Temple of Astarte will be holden its 47th consecutive presentation of


The Canaanite Summer Solstice Rite

at Rivendell upon June 25th, 2022. 

Please arrive before dark and park snugly. Pot luck so please bring food and drink.This ceremony is for members, associate members and invited guests.

If you received this you are invited, but please clear any additional guests you wish to bring with us.

Prince Baal: 

"Behold the Golden Dew of Heaven!

   Born of Thunder Clouds on High,

  Drink with me this Life Elixir,

   Dance ye round til the Cup be dry!

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Blog Posts

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…


Polaroid Camera in Making Talismans

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on July 3, 2022 at 9:10am 0 Comments

On July 1st , the "10 Mansion of the Moon," Moon  on the ascendant was here, at my location.  I have done some  more Astrological Magic, and these are the two Talismans, I made. These are Manufactured with using a Modern  Polaroid Camera. and the image is projected on film, at a very exact time. This work because one substances…


Special Announcements

Hear Ye All!

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

The Ordo Templi Astartes Channel

Is now online.

Be sure to subscribe and check out the latest videos.

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, 2021. 1 Reply


Started by Omega B. Jul 12, 2021. 0 Replies

Introducing myself

Started by Frater Taliesin. Last reply by Frater Taliesin Jun 30, 2021. 2 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.

Started by George Paul Luttmann Dec 14, 2020. 0 Replies

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

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

samadhi lamp

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

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

Started by Luke Maggard. Last reply by Luke Maggard Jul 30, 2019. 6 Replies

Are any members in the SoCal OC region?

Started by Frater Aristaeus. Last reply by Frater Aristaeus Jan 2, 2021. 3 Replies

The Hermetic Hour

The Mystery of Melchizedek (rebroadcast)

On November 2nd, 2017 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on the Biblical mystery man Melchizedek who appears in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and later in the New Testament. Melchizedek literally means King and Priest or Priest-King. He was said to have given the first communion to Abraham in the days before Joseph became a leader in Egypt. Although legendary he was said to have established an order of priesthood to rival that of Moses brother Aaron. He represented the original Canaanite god El ("the most High God") whereas Aaron's priesthood was that of Moses' Jehovah (Yahweh). After the Babylonian captivity Ezra attempted to overwrite all references to El in the Bible and make Jehovah the supreme being. The New testament declares twice that Jesus the Nazarene is a priest after the Order of Melchizedek -- We will look at this in relation to the Egyptian and Phoenician situation at the time and later Gnostic Christian writings. So if you want to do some Biblical detective work tune in and we'll solve the mystery.

Hermetic Yoga at the OHM Shasta Conclave

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 were Right Worshipful Kevin Townley (author of 'The Cube of Space") Chic and Tabatha Cicero (noted Golden Dawn authorities) worshipful Merrick Rees Hamer (G.D. Temple Chief, C.H.S. Vice President and Phylos in BEYOND LEMURIA, which was shown on the 24th) and Carroll "Poke" Runyon (Frater Thabion, OTA Magister and President of C.H.S., writer and producer of BEYOND LEMURIA). Poke's Lecture "Hermetic Yoga" was assisted by "The Head" created by V.H. Frater SithMeth (Max Paul) which is shown above with the event coffee cup and the rose given to us by Wor. Paul Clark.           The text of the lecture follows and will be presented on the Hermetic Hour this week and then, with the power point illustrations included became a video on the Ordo Templi Astartes You Tube channel.

The Labours of Hercules in the Hermetic Tradition (rebroadcast)

On Thursday October 12th the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon and special guest Frater Soun of Ubar will discuss the mythical Labours of Hercules in relation to the Hermetic tradition. We will develop the background of the myth evolving from Babylon's Gilgamesh through Melqart of Phoenician Tyre into the ancient Greek hero myth so often seen in films and television. We will look at works by Manley Hall, Albert Pike, Robert Graves, Alice Bailey and especially the French author Charles Francois Dupuis (1742-1809) who seems to be the only scholar who has sequenced the twelve labours in proper Zodiacal order. The labours of Hercules are a chart of the souls journey through a cycle of lifetimes. They represent the great wheel of birth and death and are considered one of the Keys to the mysteries. So If you want to follow the big guy with the lion skin and the club tune in and we'll go adventuring.


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