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Get your shimmy on this weekend with William Blake Lodge! [Feb. 27th, 2013|01:00 am]
William Blake OTO

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Photograph of belly dancers.Introduction to Tribal Style Belly Dance
Saturday, March 2, 2013

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm

Put on your hip scarf and get ready to shimmy! This workshop is just a taste of tribal style belly dance in a single class. Join troupe member and performer Sr. Laila for some fun, no matter how old or young. Fellas are welcome to participate too!

Please wear a hip scarf and comfortable clothes.

Free - William Blake Lodge members
$20 - Non-members

RSVP here.
Visiting William Blake Lodge for the first time?

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
5N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Email: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: (443) 863-9393
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Thelemic Salon in Rockville [Feb. 24th, 2013|12:48 am]
William Blake OTO

sjo
Join us 7pm Tuesday, 26 February, at Panera Bread in Rockville, Maryland, for a Thelemic Salon. Where do you engage in and practice your tradition or beliefs?

Free - WBL Members
Free - Non-members

Pay on your own for food and drinks.

Location:
Panera Bread
1780 E. Jefferson St.
Rockville, MD

Free wifi, ample seating and free parking.

Look for the group with the statue of Horus on the table!

Details & RSVP.
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Wine & Cheese with Clergy [Feb. 18th, 2013|10:03 pm]
William Blake OTO

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photograph of wine and cheeseWine & Cheese with Clergy
Saturday, February 23, 2013

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm

Do you have questions about the Gnostic Mass or EGC? Are you planning to take an upcoming sacrament like baptism or confirmation? Are you interested in perhaps performing a role the Gnostic Mass (priestess, priest, deacon, child), joining the novice program and want more information? Join ordained EGC clergy at William Blake Lodge for wine, cheese and good conversation.

Free - William Blake Lodge members
Free - Non-members

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
5N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Email: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: (443) 863-9393

Visiting William Blake Lodge for the first time?
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Thelemic Cocktail Hour in Rockville [Feb. 11th, 2013|09:47 pm]
William Blake OTO

sjo
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:00 PM To 9:00 PM

Thelemic Cocktail Hour

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Join us for cocktails and casual conversation about Thelema, Liber Al, and OTO. Video games are also possible.

Dave & Buster's
White Flint Mall
11301 Rockville Pike, Ste.300
Kensington, MD 20895

Free
Pay on your own for food and drink.
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Winter Luau Celebration! [Feb. 4th, 2013|09:22 pm]
William Blake OTO

sjo
Luau Gnostic Mass
Saturday, February 9, 2013
3:30pm To 5:00pm

Doors open at 3:00pm
Dress up in island garb for this fun Gnostic Mass!
$10 - Non-members
Free - William Blake Lodge members

Winter Luau!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Doors open at 7:00pm
Recover from the mid-winter blahs with some tropical fun! Limbo contest! Tarot card readings! Games! Food! Pina coladas! Dancing! Door prizes!
$10 - Non-members
Free - William Blake Lodge members

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
5N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Email: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: (443) 863-9393

Logistics:

Bus lines to our space: If you need to take public transportation, you can use the 10 or 51 Bus Routes that each stop at the corner of West Pratt Street & South Pulaski Street. Schedules are available at http://mta.maryland.gov/

Doors open 30 minutes prior to event time. There may be a doorkeeper posted to let people in. If there is no doorkeeper, please call (443) 863-9393. We will receive the call in our suite and will head downstairs to let you in. You will take the stairs to the 5th floor. The number is also posted in the window of the door on Pulaski Street. Be sure to bring your cell phone with you to events.

Our building is over 100 years old and is not handicapped accessible. There is a hand-operated elevator in the building which is only available with prior arrangements. There are no wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the building and no wheelchair ramps.

William Blake Lodge offers hospitality to our guests like coffee, tea, sodas and water. There may or may not be food or snacks, depending on the event. All these items are donated. It is a kind gesture to bring a snack or beverage to an event, but is not required of you.

Any of the Lodge officers (master, secretary, treasurer, deputy master) or senior members are happy to answer your questions about Gnostic Mass, the upcoming schedule, magick, Thelema, O.T.O., initiation, etc. Often they are running a class or participating in a ritual, so please be assured they aren't ignoring you if they are occupied with set-up! Officers are the people to whom you pay your donation/dues, or can provide you with applications for initiation.

Our building is non-smoking. Smokers must go outside and stay at least 15 feet from the door, per the landlord's instructions.

Building access is unavailable outside event times.

Our Lodge is located in an economically depressed area of Baltimore. We have never had any problems with members or guests experiencing crime; but as always, it is best not to leave valuables in your car. If you prefer someone to walk you to your car at the end of an event, just ask!
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WBL Calendar of Events, 1 February 2013 [Feb. 1st, 2013|10:09 pm]
William Blake OTO

sjo

William Blake Lodge, O.T.O.
Calendar of Events
02/01/13

Website:
http://www.williamblakeoto.org Inquires: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Telephone: (443) 863-9393
Mail / Correspondence: William Blake Lodge, O.T.O.; P.O. Box 3183; Baltimore, MD 21228
Location: Cambridge Building, 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.

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

At this time, the front elevator in the Cambridge Building is out of order. To get into the Lodge, please look for our doorkeeper at the building entrance before events. If you don’t see the doorkeeper, please call the telephone number posted above.
________________________________________


Sat. Feb. 2, 2013: Imbolc/Candlemas Ritual (Open)
7:00pm;
doors open at 6:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
________________________________________


Sat. Feb. 9, 2013: Luau Gnostic Mass (Open)
3:30pm;
doors open at 3:00pm
$10 donation requested from non-members.
Dress up in island garb for this fun Gnostic Mass!
Mass Team: Br. Justin,
Sr. Laila, Sr. Nyx, TBA, TBA

Sat. Feb. 9, 2013: Winter Luau (Open)
7:30pm;
doors open at 7:00pm
$10 donation requested from non-members.
Limbo contest! Tarot Card Readings! Games! Food! Pina coladas!

________________________________________

Tue. Feb. 12, 2013: Thelemic Cocktail Hour (Open)
7:00pm

Join us for cocktails and casual conversation about Thelema, Liber Al, and O.T.O. Video games are also possible.
Location: Dave & Buster's, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, Ste.300
Kensington , MD 20895
________________________________________

Sun. Feb. 17, 2013: Gnostic Mass (Open)
1:00pm;
doors open at 12:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Mass Team: Tau Zalmoxis, Tau Asteria, Br. Justin, TBA, TBA

Sun. Feb. 17, 2013: Lodge Meeting (Open)
3:00pm-6:00pm;
doors open at 2:30pm
Join us in making plans for future Lodge activities! Please bring a lunch dish or snacks to share.

Sun. Feb. 17, 2013: Method of Science, Aim of Religion Series: Time in Magick (Open)
6:30pm-8:00pm;
doors open at 6:00pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
In the Book of Thoth and other writings, Crowley makes mention of names like Einstein, Freud, Gödel, Poincaré, and Russell to name a few.  This class series will discuss how ideas from modern science can be used to help expand our knowledge of Magical theory and practice.  February's class will cover time-related topics such as astronomy/astrology, Planetary Hours, and the Occult history of the calendar system through today.
________________________________________


Sat. Feb. 23, 2013: Wine & Cheese with Clergy (Open)
7:30pm;
doors open at 7:00pm
Do you have questions? Are you planning for an upcoming sacrament? Join E.G.C. Clergy at William Blake Lodge for wine, cheese and good conversation.
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Imbolc/Candlemas Ritual [Jan. 22nd, 2013|12:03 pm]
William Blake OTO

sjo
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Imbolc/Candlemas Ritual

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm

Celebrate the mid-winter wonder with us and the first faint stirrings of spring as the sap begins to rise. Bring home equipment to grow seeds of future success!

$10 - Non-members / Free - William Blake Lodge Members

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
5N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Email: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: (443) 863-9393


Logistics:

  • Bus lines to our space: If you need to take public transportation, you can use the 10 or 51 Bus Routes that each stop at the corner of West Pratt Street & South Pulaski Street. Schedules are available at http://mta.maryland.gov/

  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to event time. There may be a doorkeeper posted to let people in. If there is no doorkeeper, please call (443) 863-9393. We will receive the call in our suite and will head downstairs to let you in. You will take the stairs to the 5th floor. The number is also posted in the window of the door on Pulaski Street. Be sure to bring your cell phone with you to events.

  • Our building is over 100 years old and is not handicapped accessible. There is a hand-operated elevator in the building which is only available with prior arrangements. There are no wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the building and no wheelchair ramps.

  • William Blake Lodge offers hospitality to our guests like coffee, tea, sodas and water. There may or may not be food or snacks, depending on the event. All these items are donated. It is a kind gesture to bring a snack or beverage to an event, but is not required of you.

  • Any of the Lodge officers (master, secretary, treasurer, deputy master) or senior members are happy to answer your questions about Gnostic Mass, the upcoming schedule, magick, Thelema, O.T.O., initiation, etc. Often they are running a class or participating in a ritual, so please be assured they aren't ignoring you if they are occupied with set-up! Officers are the people to whom you pay your donation/dues, or can provide you with applications for initiation.

  • Our building is non-smoking. Smokers must go outside and stay at least 15 feet from the door, per the landlord's instructions.

  • Building access is unavailable outside event times.

  • Our Lodge is located in an economically depressed area of Baltimore. We have never had any problems with members or guests experiencing crime; but as always, it is best not to leave valuables in your car. If you prefer someone to walk you to your car at the end of an event, just ask!
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Gnostic Mass - to the Music of Tool! [Jan. 7th, 2013|10:30 pm]
William Blake OTO

sjo

Gnostic Mass - to the Music of Tool!
Friday, January 11, 2013
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Doors open at 8:00 pm

Photograph of Danny Carey playing the drumsJoin us for a rockin' Gnostic Mass set to the progressive art metal music of Tool.

The Gnostic Mass (Liber XV) is a ritual celebrating the union of the divine male and female through the pageantry of the lance and the cup. The ceremony culminates in a sacrament of a cake and wine consumed by the participants in the congregation. The ritual is graceful, joyful and a high dramatic ritual rich in esoteric and ecclesiastical overtones. The ritual officers consist of a priestess, priest, deacon and two "children" representing the positive and negative polarities. The Gnostic Mass is the central ritual of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O., or the Order of Oriental Templars) and was written in 1913 by Aleister Crowley. Water is available for those who choose not to drink alcohol. Please notify us in advance if bringing anyone under 18 to this ceremony (but they are certainly welcome) . Read the ceremony (http://www.hermetic.com/sabazius/gnostic_mass.htm). The event will be held at the William Blake Lodge Temple in Baltimore. See the vide Impressions of a Gnostic Mass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZgaayakZ5k).

Free - William Blake Lodge members
$10 - Non-members

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
95N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Email: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: (443) 863-9393

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice, Sunday 16 December [Dec. 14th, 2012|09:37 am]
William Blake OTO

sjo
It's a few days early, because we know people have busy schedules this time of year.

Winter Solstice Ritual
Sunday, December 16, 2012
6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Doors open at 5:30 pm
image of the sun moving across the horizonJoin us for a celebration of the Winter Solstice after the Gnostic Mass. The Night of Pan gives way to the returning Light of Sol, and the path of the Sun is re-opened in the lengthening days. $10 admission; free for dues-current members.

Potluck feast to follow. So far, folks are bringing roasted chicken, vegetarian casserole, a salad, hot mulled wine and spiced sipping chocolate. We would love to have some veggies and a few other things.

Minerval initiation application deadline is December 31, 2012

Minerval is the introductory degree into Ordo Templi Orientis. Attend an event for an application. For further information on getting sponsors, the ceremony, initiation fees and other information, go here.


Also on Sunday:

Sun. Dec. 16, 2012: Gnostic Mass (Open)
1:00pm
; doors open at 12:30pm
$10 admission; free for dues-current members
Mass Team: Fr. Melchizedek L.V.X., Tau Asteria, Tau Zalmoxis, Sr. Laila, TBA

Sun. Dec. 16, 2012: Lodge Meeting (Open)
3:00pm-6:00pm
; doors open at 2:30pm
Join us in making plans for future Lodge activities! Please bring a lunch dish or snacks to share.

Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
95N to Caton Avenue North exit
Turn right onto Wilkens
Turn left onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building), 208 S. Pulaski Street
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Phone: (443) 863-9393
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(no subject) [Nov. 23rd, 2012|07:35 pm]
William Blake OTO

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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

Ever wondered how to pronounce all those Greek words? Hoping to brush up before celebrating the Gnostic Mass or other rituals? Here's a chance to learn, and help us beta test a new class!

Sat. Dec. 1, 2012: It’s All Greek to You! (Open)
4:00pm-6:00pm; doors open at 3:30pm
Join us in beta testing a new multimedia class on Greek pronunciation.
$10 admission; free for dues-current members!

Love is the law, love under will.
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