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"What say you to honor the dead?"
********The Festival of Seven Gates
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!”
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…Continue
From The Hermetic Hour August 27th, 2020
Between chapters seven and eight in the Book of Shamgar as we have it, there was a missing chapter which related how Shamgar and Bezek recovered the sacred pillar of Jacob upon which was inscribed Father Abraham’s Book of Creation. As Bezek had predicted this relic, as important as the Ark of the Covenant, would ensure Shamgar’s eventual kingship of Israel. This lost chapter of The Book of Shamgar came to us from the same source as the Book itself. The academic think tank that calls itself “Mythtech” and has the motto: “Controlling the power of belief for World Peace.” Our contact in this organization is Dr. Marion Roland, head of the Anthropology Department at UCF…Continue
Nosce te Ipsum
On Thursday August 6th on our radio blog The Hermetic Hour, I did a review of Leonard Pickard biographical novel The Rose of Paracelsus.(2019) This epic work was inspired by a 19th century parable from Thomas De Quincy recounted by Gorge Luis Borges called The Rose of Paracelsus. Which tells of the old alchemists’ interview with a prospective disciple who has brought a rose with him and insists that the master demonstrate the miracle of the resurrected rose he is noted for. Paracelsus explains that he has become a kabbalist and now uses the magical formulas in lieu of apparatus. The young man accepts that condition and still…Continue
Hear Ye All!
Adamson's Quest and Shamgar the Purple Dragon by Poke Runyon has been released and will soon be available from Amazon.com. 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.
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 Amazon.com.
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
by Mark Mueller Added January 12, 2019 at 10:04pm 1 Comment