Calendar of Events

OTA Calendar for 2020

October 31st

Pastophoris Initiation

2:30 p.m.
Mot Mass ceremony

8:00 p.m.

"What say you to honor the dead?"


The Festival of Seven Gates
was recorded LIVE on
The Hermetic Hour on
September 24, 2020


Astarte to the Dark Lord:

“Seven Veils I left behind me, on 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….

In thy pride thou hast forgotten: Even Death must surely Die!”


Latest Activity

Julie Matuszek updated their profile
Feb 16
Profile IconJulie Matuszek and Patrick Eden Scardo joined The Church of The Hermetic Sciences, Inc.
Feb 16
Soror Urania updated their profile
Feb 11
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Feb 11
Bryan White and George Paul Luttmann are now friends
Feb 11
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Feb 11
VH Frater Erobos and Frater Honos are now friends
Feb 11
George Paul Luttmann posted a blog post
Feb 10
Adalberto A Melendez posted photos
Jan 26
Frater Suen's video was featured

Electional Astrology with Christopher Warnock and John Gadbury

Christopher Warnock from disscusses John Gadbury's Nauticum Astrologicum and what that teaches us about how astrologica...
Jan 26
Frater Suen posted a video

Electional Astrology with Christopher Warnock and John Gadbury

Christopher Warnock from disscusses John Gadbury's Nauticum Astrologicum and what that teaches us about how astrologica...
Jan 23
Frater Suen and Raul Anderson Perez Suazo are now friends
Jan 23
George Paul Luttmann posted photos
Jan 2
Joshua Wallace and Steve_Petty are now friends
Dec 31, 2020
James Weaver is now a member of The Church of The Hermetic Sciences, Inc.
Dec 30, 2020
Steve_Petty updated their profile
Dec 29, 2020
Raul Anderson Perez Suazo updated their profile
Dec 28, 2020
Profile IconRaul Anderson Perez Suazo and Susan Raza joined The Church of The Hermetic Sciences, Inc.
Dec 28, 2020
Adalberto A Melendez posted photos
Dec 22, 2020
Joshua Wallace posted a photo
Dec 21, 2020



Blog Posts

Great Dark Mirror

Posted by George Paul Luttmann on February 10, 2021 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

When I saw the great dark mirror in the Rites of Magick video, I knew I had to build one. I started work on it mid quarantine but I abandoned the project and put it in my closet. I dug it out a week ago and decided to finally finish it.

The wood I got at Lowes thats cut for a table top. It is 2 feet in diameter. The glass is 21" in diameter. 

I've marked the holes out in the ceiling but I haven't drilled them yet. All in all I think it turned out alright. 

Rivendell, America's House of Magick

Posted by Poke Runyon on December 12, 2020 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

From The Hermetic Hour:

On Thursday December 10th, 2020 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a…


The Forthcoming Seventh Ray Omnibus Issue, Book Four, the Violet Ray

Posted by Poke Runyon on November 7, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The Forthcoming Seventh Ray

Omnibus Issue

After promising it for ten years we are finally doing it! It will be published by early 2021.…


Hermitage chartered in Athens, Greece

Posted by Poke Runyon on October 10, 2020 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

New O.T.A. Hermitage

in Athens, Greece

Nosce te Ipsum

On October 8th I had the wonderful experience of pressing my signet ring into the hot wax on the charter document authorizing the establishment of a Church and Order Hermitage in Athens Greece,

             The Hermitage will be administered by Frater Pantocrater (Ioannis Makris) from our Rugby U.K. Encampment who has recently returned to his native Greece. Frater Pantocrater received his first and second degrees at Rivendell Grand Lodge, here in Silverado, California during his visit in November of 2019 accompanied by Frater…


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.


Lesson Three Visualization Exercises.

Started by George Paul Luttmann. Last reply by Steve_Petty Jan 15. 3 Replies

OTA/CHS Enochain System.

Started by George Paul Luttmann. Last reply by Steve_Petty Jan 4. 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 Soror Urania Feb 12. 1 Reply

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 Nov 20, 2020. 2 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 Mark Mueller Aug 17, 2020. 5 Replies

samadhi lamp

Started by Robert. Last reply by Oliver C McElroy II Oct 31, 2020. 11 Replies

What astrological system works for you?

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

Any thoughs of Aquarius

Started by Mark Mueller. 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. 3 Replies

Has anyone read

Started by Darek Bridges Mar 22, 2019. 0 Replies

Has anyone read, "Magic in the Cloister," by Sophie Page??

Started by Mark Mueller. Last reply by Mark Mueller Feb 6, 2019. 1 Reply

OTA "Liber Resh" adaptation - anyone have it?

Started by Frater Shem. Last reply by Frater Suen Jul 31, 2019. 3 Replies

What was once old is new again!

Started by Frater Suen. Last reply by Frater Shem Sep 17, 2018. 5 Replies

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