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William Blake Lodge Calendar of Events [May. 30th, 2011|10:05 am]
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William Blake Lodge, O.T.O.
Calendar of Events
06/01/11


Website: http://www.williamblakeoto.org Inquires: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Telephone: (248) 885-9397
Mail / Correspondence: William Blake Lodge, O.T.O.; P.O. Box 3183; Baltimore, MD 21228
Location: 208 South Pulaski St., Suite 5B; Baltimore, MD 21223

Unless otherwise indicated, all the following scheduled events take place at:
208 South Pulaski St., Suite 5B; Baltimore, MD 21223

Inclement weather cancellations will be made, via email, by 10am the morning of the event.

Members of the public may attend events listed as Open.
Only William Blake Lodge Members may attend events listed as Open to WBL Members.
Only O.T.O. Members of the specified (or higher) MMM initiate degree may attend events listed as Closed to 0º; Closed to Iº; Closed to IIº; Closed to IIIº; Closed to IVº.
Building access unavailable outside of event hours

William Blake Lodge is located in a non-smoking building.


Thur. June 2, 2011: Aleister Crowley’s Magick: Liber ABA in Theory and Practice (Open to members; invitational to non-members)
Held at private residence. Please RSVP secretary@williamblakeoto.org for directions.
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
This monthly gathering will work through the system of magick the way one of Aleister Crowley’s students might have, using the curriculum promoted by the Master himself.
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Wed. June 8, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Incense Making (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members; $5 materials fee for dues-current WBL members
Learn how to combine gums, herbs and woods to create your own incenses that add depth to ritual, use scents to awaken the higher mind and even allow a vehicle for entities to take shape. Magical correspondences will be discussed so you may custom-design scents for your own specific rituals. You’ll create some blends to take home.
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Sat. June 11, 2011: Minerval Initiations (Closed to 0º)
12:00pm officer/initiate arrival
5:30pm candidate arrival
Deadline for applications is May 5, 2011.
If you are neither a candidate nor an officer, there is a $5 contribution.
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Sun. June 12, 2011: IIº Initiations (Closed to IIº)
12:00pm officer/initiate arrival
2:30pm candidate arrival
Deadline for applications is May 5, 2011.
If you are neither a candidate nor an officer, there is a $5 contribution.
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Thur. June 16, 2011: The Middle Pillar Ritual (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Join us for a summer break Middle Pillar ritual series. The Middle Pillar intones divine names of god visualized within energy center of the body. Each month we will do a slight variation on the Middle Pillar ritual. Novice through advanced practitioners are welcome.
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Sat. June 18, 2011: Gnostic Mass (Open)
1:00pm; doors open 12:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Mass Team: Br. Justin, Sr. Adayah Bareket, Sr. Threnoidia, TBA, TBA

Sat. June 18, 2011: The History and Evolution of the OTO Minerval Initiation (Closed to 0º)
2:30pm, doors open at 2:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA

Sat. June 18, 2011: Midnight at the Oasis: Minerval Symbolism (Closed to 0º)
3:30pm; there will be no doorkeeper

Sat. June 18, 2011: IIº Symbolism (Closed to IIº)

4:30pm; there will be no doorkeeper

Sat. June 18, 2011: Scanning Party (Open)

7:15pm; doors open at 7:00pm
Doorkeeper: BJ Swayne
Join us for socializing and service! WBL’s archives of Heaven and Hell are sadly incomplete. Join us to help scan old issues to preserve them for the future and make them accessible for future publication projects. While we take turns scanning the lodge will host a social night with food, drinks, and games in the meeting room. Have fun with your brothers and sisters while being of service to the lodge!
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Sun. June 19, 2011: Summer Picnic (Open)

11:45am; set up begins at 11:00am
Food: Organized potluck, bring a food and beverage item for yourself plus 5 other people.
Cost: $5 admission per adult. Kids and local dues current WBL members are free!
Note: Patapsco Park charges an additional $2 per person for park entry.
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park, Pavilion #66.
Warning: Directions acquired via online map sites may lead you astray. Please use directions below for best results!
Directions: From the Beltway (I-695) Take Rt. 1 (Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 South about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
From I -95 take I-195 to Rt. 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. From Howard County follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left onto South St. Park entrance is on the left.
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Sun. June 26, 2011: Business Meeting (Open to WBL members)
12:00pm-3:00pm; doors open at 11:40am
Doorkeeper TBA

Sun. June 26, 2011: Solstice Ritual (Open)
3:30pm-5:30pm; doors open at 3:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
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Sat. July 2, 2011: Two Trees: The Hermetic and Hebrew Kabbalah (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
In the 1400s, the Jewish mystical system called the kabbalah split into two very different streams: The magical system taught by western mystery schools like the Golden Dawn, A.'.A,', and O.T.O.; and the rabbinical system found in works by Aryeh Kaplan, Benjamin Blech and the like. This talk will delve into both traditions: It will begin by covering how the kabbalah is treated in the west, including the essential tools and building blocks needed to get the most out of one's initiations and magical studies (including the Tree of Life, tarot, correspondences, and how these relate to banishing rituals and "Liber Resh"). Next, it will cover teachings and methods from the "kosher" kabbalah that are rarely discussed by western magicians, but which enrich and expand the practice of kabbalistic magick, including the Lurianic Tree of Life, meditative exercises from Isaac Luria to the early Chasidic mystics, kabbalistic sex magick, and equidistant letter sequences.
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Tues. July 5, 2011: Ceremonial Hoodoo (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
There ain’t no magic like down home magic. Folk magic is an intrinsic part of magical culture, but is sometimes overlooked by ceremonial magicians despite its effectiveness. On the flip side, after the increased publication of magical works stemming from groups like the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society we see a dissemination of European ceremonial works into American folk magic culture. In this class we won’t be exploring the history of the blending of ceremonial magic and American folk magic, known as Hoodoo, but will present a series of techniques from both systems and ways to blend them to pack a more potent magical punch!
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Thur. July 7, 2011: Aleister Crowley’s Magick: Liber ABA in Theory and Practice (Open to members; invitational to non-members)
Held at private residence. Please RSVP secretary@williamblakeoto.org for directions.
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
This monthly gathering will work through the system of magick the way one of Aleister Crowley’s students might have, using the curriculum promoted by the Master himself.
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Wed. July 13, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Magical Teas (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members; $5 materials fee for dues-current WBL members
Imbibe teas that stimulate your senses with flavors, scents and the essential magical properties of the substances they contain. Use them in preparatory work, meditation, as a sacrament and as a spell. We will talk about magical correspondences, healthful properties, what is safe to consume and what is poisonous! You’ll create some teas to take home.
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Sat. July 16, 2011: Field Trip to Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA (Open)
Hosted by Infinite Stars Chapter Rose Croix

Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, an extravagant conservatory, a starlit theatre, fresh summer bounty, whimsical tree houses and thunderous fountains await you in magical Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by modern technology. Many generations helped create Longwood Gardens, but one individual—Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), industrialist, conservationist, farmer, designer, impresario, and philanthropist—made the most enduring contribution.

Infinite Stars Chapter welcomes you to an earthly manifestation of the sphere of beauty. This is a family-friendly event for OTO members and non-members alike. Be sure not to miss the impressive Italian Water Garden and delightful Children's Garden, a joy for all ages!

Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA, about 90 minutes from Baltimore. Participants should pack sunblock, sunglasses, a hat and water. Good walking shoes are a must! The cost of this trip will include garden admission, a ceremony and lunch. Additional details forthcoming. Fee.
http://www.longwoodgardens.org/
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Tues. July 19, 2011: Conjuration of the Four (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
The Elementals represent very basic operative manifestations of the elemental forces. They are described variously in the works of Paracelsus, the Comte de Gablais, and most famously amongst modern magicians in Rituel et Dogme de la Haut Magie by Levi. The four elemental prayers of ceremonial magic relate to Levi’s presentation of The Conjuration of the Four (elementals). We will explore the natures of these spirits as described in classical works, examine the prayers and ritual by which they are called and then engage in this ritual for the exploration of their nature directly. Come with your curiosity regarding the elements, and come with your white robe to delve deeply into the worlds of these spirits.
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Thur. July 21, 2011: The Middle Pillar Ritual (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Join us for a summer break Middle Pillar ritual series. The Middle Pillar intones divine names of god visualized within energy center of the body. Each month we will do a slight variation on the Middle Pillar ritual. Novice through advanced practitioners are welcome.
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Sun. July 24, 2011: Business Meeting (Open to WBL Members)
12:00pm-3:00pm; doors open at 11:40am
Doorkeeper TBA

Sun. July 24, 2011: Gnostic Mass (Open)
3:30pm; doors open at 3:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Mass Team: Br. Justin, Sr. Hypatia, Br. James, TBA, TBA

Sun. July 24, 2011: Class (Open)

5:30pm-7:30pm; doors open at 5:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
Topic: TBA
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Fri. Aug 5-Sun. Aug 7, 2011: NOTOCON VIII (Closed to 0º+)
Location: Dearborn, Michigan
Registration is open: viii.notocon.org
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Wed. Aug 10, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Ritual Cleansing and Bath Salts (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members; $5 materials fee for dues-current WBL members
Most ceremonial magicians perform acts of spiritual and magical cleansing before a ritual, but how many give sufficient attention to the temple of the body? Bathing with intention can be an important part of preparing for magical working, or even part of the ritual itself. Much as with incense, magick bath salts can awaken the higher mind and/or serve as an attractant or tribute to a desired entity. Discuss the magick of cleansing with intent, and make your own jar of bath salts. Bring your own essential oils if you prefer; we will have a small selection on hand, and other materials will be provided.
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Fri. Aug 12, 2011: First Night of the Prophet and His Bride (Open)

8:00pm
Join us for dinner at an Indian restaurant in honor of the Beast’s wedding anniversary. You are responsible for the price of your meal including beverages, taxes, and gratuity. RSVP for directions.
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Thur. Aug. 18, 2011: The Middle Pillar Ritual (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Join us for a summer break Middle Pillar ritual series. The Middle Pillar intones divine names of god visualized within energy center of the body. Each month we will do a slight variation on the Middle Pillar ritual. Novice through advanced practitioners are welcome.
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Sat. Aug. 27, 2011: Lingerie Party & Gnostic Mass (Closed to Members and Their Guests)
6:30-?; doors open at 5:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
6:30pm Lingerie Gnostic Mass
Mass Team: Tau Zalmoxis, Sr. Hypatia, Sr. Threnoidia, TBA, TBA
8:00pm Lingerie Party
"Wear what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law,love underwear." Bring/wear your finest lingerie or PJs. Dress to your own comfort level.
Tarot readings with a naughty deck!
Lingerie!
Donation bar!
Join us for a fun, sexy and silly social event. Dress up in your favorite lingerie or pajamas, play party games, show off and chat with friends. Please bring a throw pillow and snacks to share so you can lounge in style! The Baphomet Bar (donation bar) will be open and serving Cabbalistic Cosmos. Your donations help replenish the general fund and reserves! You must be 21 or older to attend this event.
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Sun. Aug. 28, 2011: Business Meeting (Open to WBL Members)
12:00pm-3:00pm; doors open at 11:40am
Doorkeeper TBA

Sun. Aug. 28, 2011: Gnostic Mass (Open)
3:30pm; doors open at 3:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Mass Team: TBA, TBA, Fr. Melchizedek L.V.X., TBA, TBA

Sun. Aug. 28, 2011: EGC Discussion Group (Open)
5:30pm-7:30pm; doors open at 5:00pm
Doorkeeper TBA
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Topic: TBA
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Thur. Sept. 1, 2011: Aleister Crowley’s Magick: Liber ABA in Theory and Practice (Open to members; invitational to non-members)
Held at private residence. Please RSVP secretary@williamblakeoto.org for directions.
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission; free for dues-current members
This monthly gathering will work through the system of magick the way one of Aleister Crowley’s students might have, using the curriculum promoted by the Master himself.
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Sat. Sept. 10, 2011: Io Pan! Pancake Dinner (Open)
7:00pm; doors open at 6:00pm
Enjoy a delicious variety of pancakes and syrups in good company! Themed games and a tasty meal.
$10 admission; $5 for children & dues-current members
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Sat. Sept. 11, 2011: Mask Making Workshop (Open)
1:00pm; doors open at 12:30pm
$20 admission; $10 materials fee for dues-current members.
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Wed. Sep 14, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Sweetening Jars (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members; $5 materials fee for dues-current WBL members
Honey jars, or sweetening jars, are some of the oldest forms of spells in the world. Most folk traditions include some sort of sweetening magick, and they are remarkably effective. You probably have most of the ingredients available in your kitchen, or at least at your local grocery store. Learn how to put these simple tools together to create powerful magick either for rapid results, or for long-term success. You’ll be taking a sweetening jar home for further work.
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Fri. Oct. 7 – Sun. Oct 9, 2011: Massapalooza (Open)
Celebrations of the Gnostic Mass, workshops, feasts, and more.
Save the date!

Cost: $40 Full weekend (Early registration)
Cutoff date for Early Registration is 23 September 2011

$60 Full weekend (Door price)
$20 Friday only (Door price)
$30 Saturday only (Door price)
$20 Sunday only (Door price)

Fri. Oct. 7: Massapalooza (Open)

5:30pm Doors open
6:00-700pm Cocktail Reception
7:30-8:15pm Gnostic Saint Jeopardy
8:30pm Gnostic Mass
10:00pm Masquerade & Champagne Mass (Mass team: Tau Zalmoxis, Sr. Hypatia, TBA, TBA, TBA)
Cost for the day is $20 at the door, and includes the opening reception.

Sat. Oct. 8: Massapalooza (Open and closed events)
10:00am-Noon EGC Training
Noon-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Gnostic Mass
2:30-4:00pm Gnostic Mass
4:00-5:00pm Makeup for Priestesses, and Priests
5:00-6:30pm Dinner
6:30-7:00pm EGC Reporting
7:00-8:30pm Gnostic Mass
8:30pm-9:30pm The Symbolism of the Veil
11:00pm-12:30am Lingerie Mass (Mass team: Fr. Freeshadow, Sr. Threnoidia, TBA, TBA, TBA)
Cost for the day is $30 at the door (includes lunch & dinner).

Sun. Oct. 9: Massapalooza (Open)
10:00am Brunch
11:00am Pajama & Masked Mass
12:30pm Gnostic Mass
Cost for the day is $20 at the door, and includes brunch.

Details subject to change. Mark your calendar now!

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