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OTA Calendar for 2024

Class will be held on Thursday, July 11th at 6pm at:

Frey's Hermetic Supplies
Old World Village
7561 Center Ave #50, Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Hear Ye All

The Ordo Templi Astartes shall be holding

its Fiftieth consecutive performance of


the ancient Canaanite Summer Solstice Rite

at Rivendell Hermitage and Temple on the

22nd of June, 2024

at dusk. You are invited.

First Timers request directions from your host

This is an invitational event. Additional guests

must be cleared by your host.

Please park snugly. Pot luck. please bring offerings

of food and drink.


Prince Ba'al: "Who Drinks with me!"

Congregation: "We drink with thee!"

         All: "Round and round the circle goes

                while the Sacred River flows

                Round and Round the King we hail

               'til we've drained the Holy Grail!"


Latest Activity

Johnn posted a discussion
Jul 13
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Poke Runyon posted a blog post
Jun 23
Zandria posted a blog post
May 29
Zandria posted a video

The Book of Solomon's Magick

Discover more at:https://www.pokerunyon.comThis hardcover version of our modern ceremonial magick classic has been a long time coming. After twenty-five year...
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Mar 23
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Mar 12
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Blog Posts

50TH Aniversery performance of Adonia, O.T.A.'s Canaanite Summer Solstice ritual at Rivendell

Posted by Poke Runyon on June 23, 2024 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

On the warm Summer evening of June 22nd, 2024, The Order of the Temple of Astarte presented is 50th consecutive performance of our reconstructed Ancient Summer Solstice "Death of the Year King" ceremony first given in 1974 in Pasadena, California. The ceremony was preceded by an awards presentation where Frater Thabion (Poke Runyon) was honored for fifty years of service to the magical and neo-pagan community.

Thabion made a grand entrance to the outdoor henge-temple, descending in…


First Pastophorus at Agrippa

Posted by Zandria on May 29, 2024 at 11:00am 1 Comment

Nosce te Ipsum 
Concealed beneath the broadening shadows of German eaves and old-world gables, dimly lit by antique lamps amidst rows of cramped and teetering town-house tenants, is nestled a singular lair of enchantment and magic. A place of eldritch curiosities and trinkets, obtainable for a price, and home to seekers of the hidden and arcane, it’s name; Frey’s Hermetic Supplies. …

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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