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OTA Calendar for 2021

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!"




Blog Posts

My Trip to Rivendell

Posted by Frater Agnosto on November 22, 2021 at 4:31pm 1 Comment

I remain both honored and privileged to have spent a few days with Carroll "Poke" Runyon at his home in Silverado, CA.  This trip was very special for me, not only because of my Pastophoris initiation, but because of the personal, hands-on, training and discussions that I had with Poke. 

I experienced my first angelic invocation (Raphael) and witnessed Frater Thabion channel the angel, who then spoke through him.  I got to meet a number of the OTA's active members, including Frater Solomon, Soror Urania and Frater Memnonides, as well as a few others that came to witness the Pastophoris initaion ceremony, where I was initiated along side my newest brother, Frater Prometheus. 

This was a trip I shant soon forget and I look forward to future visits to Rivendell.  Hope to see some of you once again for Summer Solstice !…


Dark Lord Mot channels King Ahab at Mot Mass October 30th, 2021

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

I am Ahab, son of Omri, husband of Jezebel, daughter of Ithobaal.

As a child, I met Jezebel while visiting the Temple of Astarte in Zidon. We played a game called sticks and marbles during one of our seasonal celebrations. I made sure to be nice to King Ithobaal, because I already knew I wanted to marry her. She even told me, “Ahab, when we grow up, you’re gonna be my husband.”…


47th Annual Seven Veils Celebration 2021

Posted by Zandria on October 31, 2021 at 11:55pm 0 Comments

Home temple update.

Posted by George Paul Luttmann on September 12, 2021 at 6:00am 3 Comments

I know.... I should be doing my pathworkings. And I will! Got a little side tracked. This is something I've been working on. I just moved into a bigger place and I have room for a magickal temple now. So I got to move out of the living room and into its own dedicated space. Just wanted to show off some pictures. It's not done but it's coming along. 

Dedicated a Better Sweet Plant, to the 13th Mansion of the Moon

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on July 20, 2021 at 10:30am 5 Comments

I, bought a Better Sweet plant. Last Wednesday, July 14th.  This day, the 13th Mansion Moon was in a prefix position to build a talisman and consecrate it.  I have a new home, and I am adding plants to the yard.  So instead of Manufacturing a form, I am already using a living life form of a plant as the Home's Talisman.  I bought a Beauty of a "Better Sweet, " at Sparta Floral & Greenhouses  in the Astrological time frame,  and I also had enough time to "Dedicate," the plant using my Magical Staff.   To build a Magical Home, one needs to invite Spirits to reside, which a manifest  by creating an invitation.  The Magical Dedication I used Elements in Chris Warnock book " Mansion of the Moon." In short...The thirteenth Mansion is called [Alahue].  It is begun from the 4th degree 17th minute and 6th second of Virgo, and is ended in the 17th degree 8th minute and 36th second of this sign. In this mansion you may make…


The Ars Notoria and The Lost Word

Posted by Poke Runyon on July 10, 2021 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

The Hermetic Hour for Thursday July 8th, 2021 – The Ars Notoria – Boost your Memory with Magick

On Thursday July 8th…


Lion, 10th Mansion of the Moon Talisman.

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on June 29, 2021 at 12:29pm 0 Comments

Here is an Aluminum Lion Head, the backing of Lion has the 10th Mansion of the Moon Talisman, I made. This Talisman was elected with moon having no negative planets, making an applying orb, to this Moon. The Plaque is unique ,as an addition to the home. The tenth Mansion is called Algebhal.  It begins from the 25th degree 42nd minute and 51st second of Cancer, and is finished in the 8th degree 34th minute and 18th second of Leo. In this mansion, you may fashion images to create love between a man and woman, and for the destruction of enemies, and for the goodwill of allies, and alternately for the assistance of them.

Picatrix pp. xxxix-xlii. (translation by Robert Thomas)

I used the Traditional Astrology, plus references from Franz Bardom  book "Initiation to Hermetics" , and…


Corpus Christi Ceremony Part Two

Posted by Poke Runyon on June 28, 2021 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Corpus Christi Part Two

The Circumambulation resumes with the TRANSFORMATION CHANT:

Down the Lightning Flash we go,

Bringing Light to those below.…


New Rosicrucian Corpus Christi Ceremony

Posted by Poke Runyon on June 7, 2021 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

CHS/OTA Ordo Rosae Crucis Corpus Christi Ceremony PART ONE

to be held on the weekend of the Nuptiae…


Tidings from Rivendell May 5th, 2021 -- 5th Degree Balahate and Release of 7th Ray Book IV Omnibus

Posted by Poke Runyon on May 4, 2021 at 10:30am 0 Comments

           On May 1st we accomplished two important things: we conferred The 5th Degree Balahate, The Alchemical Dgree of Crata Repoa, upon V.H. Soror Urania. This degree is based on the Temple Legend of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and the Casting of the Brazen Sea.

         On the same date we released The Seventh Ray Book IV Omnibus issue, The Violet Ray on Amazon. The Omnibus issue is a 277 page hardcover book that features facsimiles of the original issues of The Seventh Ray from the 1970s. It is a time capsule from the era of the Magical Revival, featuring the first publication of Jack Parsons Freedom is a Two-edged Sword, Thabion's Return of the Grail in the Age of Aquarius, Adamson's Quest, the History of the O.T.A. The Cult of the Sangreal and articles by William G. Gray, …


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.


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The Hermetic Hour

"Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin" by Tobias Churton (re-broadcast)

will review the 2014 book by Tobias Churton "Aleister Crowley The Beast in Berlin". This is apparently an expansion and compilation of outcuts from the author's biography of Crowley and should perhaps be considered an appendix to that work. Unless you are an ardent Crowley aficionado it is a hard read. The book is primarily made up of excerpts from A.C.'s. diaries and his correspondence mostly during his 1930s Berlin sojourn as a struggling artist in the decadent twilight days of the Weimar Republic. Along with a running account of the Beast's metaphysical politics, sexual magick and artistic endeavors, Churton manages to give us an in-depth look at the decadent sub-culture of the Weimar Berliners and an appreciation of Crowley's talents as an artist. So if you'd like to accompany the Beast to the Cabaret, tune in and enjoy the show.

Codex Homunculi - How to Make Little People (re-broadcast)

On Thursday December 1st, 2016, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review the recently published compendium of manuscript translations dealing with the Homunculus, compiled and edited by Joseph Uncello from Four Hands Press, Viatorium and Ouroboros Press. This is one of the most remarkable books on alchemy and magick to have appeared since the release of Picatrix. We now have Paracelsus's own detailed accounts of the Homunculus operation.The creation of a humanoid being, using male sperm in an artificial female womb. This is followed by other Renaissance period authors elaborating on the process and presenting eyewitness accounts of successful Homunculi experiments. We are treated to works that seem to be the source material for The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencrutz, the Tyrol experiment cited by W. Somerset Maugham in his 1908 novel "The Magician," and the little King and Queen created by Dr. Pretorious in the 1934 horror film "The Bride of Frankenstein." For comic relief we have an Arabic version of the operation using a sheep and a cow (without their consent) and for cultural diversity we are treated to a poetic Taoist perspective on the process, and for redeeming social value. We have a Valentinean Christian approach to making a Magical Child by the German philosopher Jacob Bohme, which may well have been the inspiration for Aleister Crowley's "Moon Child" -- So, If you want to delve into the dark secrets of creation, join us and we will open up the forbidden book: Codex Homunculi.

Dr. Strange - Western Magick goes East (re-broadcast)

On Thursday November 10th, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review the career of Steve Ditko's Dr. Stephen Strange, "Master of the Mystic Arts" from his Marvel Comics' debut in 1963 to the 2016 Disney/Marvel film released this month. We will discuss Doc's ancestor the 1930's Radio sorcerer "Chandu the Magician" and give a synopsis of Strange's early comic book adventures and the live action films. Both the 1978 and 2016 films emphasize Hermetic symbolism and method drawing on Eastern yoga for power and technique; resulting in a system that is a sort of astral Kung-Fu. In both films the Master Teacher is European, whereas in the original comic book version he was a Tibetan Lama called "The Ancient One." In the recent film there have been some changes in the service of political correctness that are difficult to understand. Why change Baron Mordo the original European villain into Doc's black side-kick and then create a new villain to play Mordo's traditional role played by a European actor. So, if you want to explore this and other deep mysteries of Dr. Strange's magical universe, tune in and we'll consult the Orb of Agamodo.

How the Atheists Hijacked Christianity (re-broadcast)

On Thursday November 3rd, 2016 the Hermetic Hour with Host Poke Runyon will present an essay on how the Atheistic Marxists hijacked Christian idealism and used our two thousand years of devotion to Christian principles of Altruism and charity against us in order to enslave us. Also conceding the influence of Hermetic Elitism in this process, we will trace the development through the Roman Church, the Illuminati, and the Marxists to the modern New World Order. We will use "The Matrix" as a metaphor for our present political and economic state. So if you want to get unplugged tune in and take the red pill.

Dark Lord Mot Channels King Ahab for Halloween

On Thursday November 4th, 2021 - The Hermetic Hour will present a reprise of the Channeling of Biblical King Ahab by V.H.Frater Solomon sitting on the "Bone Throne" in the Pavilion of the Gods at Rivendell following Mot Mass on October 30th. King Ahab was a King of ancient Israel, who along with his Phoenician wife Queen Jezebel, were demonized by Ezra and the prophet Isiah. This revelation presents them in a true and fair view, worthy to join the ranks of Melchizedek and Solomon as ancient avatars of our tradition. V.H. Frater Thabion will discuss Jezebel's first century a.d. namesake in the Book of Revelation, who was equally maligned and needs to be rehabilitated. So, if you want to look behind Biblical Fake News, tune in and find the truth.


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