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Hear Ye All!

The Order of the Temple of Astarte announces

 the forty-eighth consecutive performance of its
Baal Samin
Winter Solstice Rite
to be holden at Rivendell Temple and Hermitage
 on the Seventeenth of December 2022.
Please arrive before dark, and park snugly and dress warmly.
The feast is pot-luck so please contribute food and drink.
There will be a Bardic Circle so prepare for that if you are so inclined. This is an invitational event, so if you want to bring  anyone with you who did not receive this invitation, please clear them in advance with us.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
 Tanit: "Prince of Earth hast Thou forgotten,
        That my rising rules the tide?
        By my cycle time is reckoned...
        Are not my phases natures guide?
        I alone my master Lotan
        Holds him in his natural course ---
        All Thy Solar Fire and Fury,
        Come to naught without My force.

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Hermetic Yoga at Mt Shasta

On July 22nd through the 24th (2022), The Ordo Hermeticus Mysteriorum held its long postponed (due to the pandemic) conclave at Mt, Shasta Resort, Mt, Shasta...
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Hermetic Yoga at Mt Shasta

On July 22nd through the 24th (2022), The Ordo Hermeticus Mysteriorum held its long postponed (due to the pandemic) conclave at Mt, Shasta Resort, Mt, Shasta...
Sep 9, 2022
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Blog Posts

A Nativity of Saturn Talisman which is well Defined, Jan. 04, 2023 from Sparta WI

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on January 4, 2023 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Saturn's description:  in Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy

"...the Image of a man, having the countenance of an Hart, and Camels feet and sitting upon a Chayr or Dragon, holding in his right hand, a…


✨✨✨✨✨Tidings, Jupiter Talisman made Dec 1st, 2022

Posted by Astrologicus Magus, Melchizedek on December 4, 2022 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Jupiter Talisman I made on Deer leather. Note: very rare on the timing having day of Jupiter and Time. THE KEY OF SOLOMON
BOOK I CHAPTER II In the English…

Golden Dawn at Rivendell and New Flying Roll

Posted by Poke Runyon on November 15, 2022 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

On Sunday November 13th The Ma'at Temple of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn with its Inner Order Vault erected in Rivendell's sacred circle, (see photo) conferred the 5=6 Adeptus Minor grade on three worthy candidates and presented them with a new Flying Roll for that degree: Hermetic…


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



This site is for Associate and Active Members of The Church of the Hermetic Sciences.


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any update on the new editions of Bardon?

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Introducing myself

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Self hypnosis

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Lesson Three Visualization Exercises.

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OTA/CHS Enochain System.

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OTA/CHS Enochain System.

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Great Conjunction 2020

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Hermetic Qabalah... how much must we understand?

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Any members near the St. Louis, MO area?

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Shew stone/crystal ball vs Magic/Dark mirror

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What astrological system works for you?

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The Hermetic Hour

Son of Chicken Qabalah with Lon Milo DuQuette (rebroadcast)

On Thursday November 15th 2018, the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review "Son of Chicken Qabalah" and interview its distinguished author Lon Milo DuQuette. This 2018 book is a sequel to Lon's popular "Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford" (2001). Lamed Ben Clifford is Lon's fictional creation. Lon thought all of us Hermetic Qabalists needed our own Rabbi, who would not sneer at our Tarot cards and pagan correspondences on the Tree of Life. Ben Clifford's Qabalah was for all of us and it was presented in a humorous style that made the otherwise dry subject come alive. It became one of the best introductions to the subject at least from a Hermetic perspective. The fictional Ben Clifford has passed away but he has left a legacy: a three degree Qabalistic initiation system based on the Sepher Yetzirah's Cube of Space and the Golden Dawn's Hermetic Hebrew alphabet correspondences. Starting with the Three Mother Letters in the first degree (the original tetragrammaton) the candidate next internalizes the Seven Double Letters attributed to the planets, and finally, in the Third and last degree, he or she, installs the Twelve Simple letters internalizing the entire Hermetic Qabalistic universe. This is all accomplished with mudras, flashing colorsm a pitch pipe and geometric mandalas. What we did with a  yoga system in "Hermetic Yoga, Beyond the Middle Pillar" (2015) Lon has done in a Temple initiation format. This little book of his is a treasure and will make Hermetic Magick come alive for everyone who conscientiously studies it.

The Ba'al Theory of Christianity - by Glenn Young

On Thursday January 19th,2023 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review and discuss the 2016 book "The Ba'al Theory of Christianity" by author Glenn Young. This book is subtitled: "Exploring the Impact of Human Sacrifice on Western Religion." This subtitle and Young's insistence on equating Carthaginian child sacrifices with Palestinian Phoenician ritual practices is our only real complaint about this otherwise well-researched  and strongly presented book. The author touches all the bases in explaining the differences between Yahwehism and the original worship of El and the Elohim. He describes Ezra's rewrite of the Bible and even mentions Joseph and Moses as the possible leaders of the Hyksos. Although he is wrong in assuming that Sidon and Tyre practiced child sacrifice in Classical times he may be correct in assuming that Carthaginian practices might have influenced the Druids and the Nordics and later the witchcraft persecutions. It is unfortunate that he fails to consider that even though the Carthaginians were originally Phoenician they, like the ancient Egyptians, were also African. This will be a very thought provoking and controversial subject.

"Letters on the Royal Art" by J. B. Kerning

On Thursday January 12th, 2023 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review "Letters on the Royal Art" by 19th century German author J. B. Kerning. Kerning was a musician, a mystic and a Freemason. The book is composed of letters describing the spiritual absorption of the symbols, words and signs used in the three degrees of Blue Lodge Masonry in the form of an internal awareness which purifies and sanctifies the whole body. This is similar to a yoga chakra system and may have had an influence on the Golden Dawn's Middle Pillar ritual. The book and other works by Kerning may have influenced Bardon's "Key to the True Qabalah." Kerning was a singer and teaches a magical Masonic Alphabet in the manner of a musical voice teacher. He is perhaps the first modern Western mystic to emphasize internalization of spiritual ritual. His concepts enabled the development of "Bringing Down The Light" in  20th century magick.


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