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OTA Calendar for 2021

Here Ye All

The Order of the Temple of Astarte is holden

Its 48th consecutive performance of

Baal Samin

Ancient Canaanite

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.

Here Ye All:

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.

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

Zero light

Posted by Robert on January 9, 2022 at 10:55am 1 Comment

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…


The Pagan Myth of Christmas

Posted by Poke Runyon on December 25, 2021 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

The Hermetic Hour for Thursday December 23rd, 2021 – The Pagan Myth of Christmas.…


Samadhi Lamp

Posted by Robert on December 22, 2021 at 10:00am 1 Comment

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…


Baal Samin after Lotan's Wrath 2021

Posted by Poke Runyon on December 19, 2021 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

2021’s Winter Solstice the 48th performance of Baal Samin was more difficult than the one which had to be done on the radio the previous year. This year's problem was not the plague but…

O,T,A. handicrafts Talisein's Portal Wand and SithMeth's Altar

Posted by Poke Runyon on December 7, 2021 at 4:30pm 6 Comments

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.…


Special Announcements

Hear Ye All!

Adamson's Quest and Shamgar the Purple Dragon by Poke Runyon has been released and is 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.


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.


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Hermetic Qabalah... how much must we understand?

Started by Frater Agnosto. Last reply by Poke Runyon Sep 5, 2020. 1 Reply

Any members near the St. Louis, MO area?

Started by Frater Agnosto. Last reply by Frater Agnosto Sep 9, 2021. 5 Replies

Shew stone/crystal ball vs Magic/Dark mirror

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samadhi lamp

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What astrological system works for you?

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