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Sol Exalted – A Thelemic Workshop

Hot town, summer in the city. Sol is exalted, it’s no biggie…

You are cordially invited to spend a day out of the heat at…

Sol Exalted – A Thelemic Workshop

Presented by Lifted Lance Encampment and Sekhet-Bast-Ra Oasis O.T.O.

July 29, 2017 e.v. in the Valley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

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

 

 

Join us as we celebrate “our Lord in the Universe, the Sun” in all his summer glory. This is a one day workshop is featuring the speakers Frater Palamedes Ardentis and Frater Audere Est Facere. They will presenting on the topics of Zoroastrianism, Liber Resh, Liber Astarte, Heliopolis – The City of the Sun, closing out the day with the Flame of the Hearts and an open poetry reading. Bring a favorite poem or two to share if you will!

This event is open to the public. The temple opens at 9:30AM and the workshop begins at 10AM. There will be a public performance of the Gnostic Mass at 8:00PM. Registration is $15 per person online at www.sekhetbastra.org or pay at the door. Lunch will be provided for an additional $5 and off site dining is available.

For further information, assistance with accommodations, or directions please contact : secretary@sekhetbastra.org.

 

Love is the law, love under will.

 

About our presenters:

Frater Audere Est Facere

 Audere has had a lifelong interest in the occult but his life was changed when he walked into a bookstore and found a copy of Confessions. That started the ball rolling and before long he realized he was a Thelemite.

 Audere has been a student of the occult for over 15 years. He is a New Hermetics Advanced Adept, chartered initiator, ordained Deacon of the E.G.C., past master of Sol Invictus Oasis, and current master of Lifted Lance Camp. Audere has been a member of the O.T.O. since 2008.

 He resides surrounded by his vast library with his two cats in Fayetteville, AR.

 

Frater Palamedes Ardentis

   Frater Palamedes, also known as Brother Pablo, considers himself many things, including performer, poet, wild fanboy, sometimes scholar/always student, agitator, bard-magus, and whatever else he comes up with. A true lover of Freedom and Passion, he champions love and unity, liberty and danger, creativity and aesthetics.

 Initiated into the O.T.O. in 2014 at Scarlet Woman Lodge in the Valley of Austin in Texas, he has dedicated his passion and will towards aiding the goals of this esteemed organization.

 Amongst other things, he’s a cinephile, voracious reader, an insatiable student of the esoteric and an avid gamer (tabletop/video). Born alongside the Panama Canal, he strangely does not like extreme heat and views his perfect weather to be something akin to Fimbulwinter, but he definitely is a child of the Caribbean, with all of its mystic glory, tropical paradises and delicious culinary trappings.

 Pablo spends his time traversing various underground and subcultural communities, ranging from Science-Fiction and Fantasy fandom, unsanctioned parties and kink events to Underground Rap and radical bookstores to, of course, magical lodges and mystic circles.

New Information Pack Available

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

In an effort to present a clear and concise introduction to Thelema and the O.T.O. focused towards an individual’s first exposure or inquiry, Lifted Lance has compiled an information pack that is freely available to download below or from the link on our home page.

Love is the law, love under will.

Third Quarter Schedule

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

Our schedule for July – September has been updated. I’ve decided to try a new meetup spot to change things up, Cafe Imbibe on Wedington in Fayetteville. Also you may notice the quarter is a little light on events. Due to holidays and other O.T.O. commitments we’ve had to make some concessions. As always, if you have any questions or would like to attend an event please leave a comment on our contact page.

Times or locations may change without notice. Check calendar for current event information.

Love is the law, love under will

Gnostic Eucharist

(Excerpt from Hidden Intercourse: Eros and Sexuality in the History of Western Esotercism)

The Gnostic Borborites and their Sexual Celebration of the Eucharist

The Borborites, or Borborians, were a gnostic sect that flourished in the fourth century and reportedly survived up to the sixth century. Epiphanius of Salamis has left us an extensive report on them in his Panarion.

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According to Epiphanius, the Borborites practiced a curious Eucharistic ritual, in which instead of bread and wine, male semen and female menstrual blood were offered up and eaten by the participants. Epiphanius reports about the ritual of the male emission:

To extend their blasphemy to heaven after making love in a state of fornication, the woman and the man receive the male emission in their own hands. And they stand with their eyes raised heavenward but the filth in their hands, and of course they pray – the ones called Stratiotics and Gnostics – and offer that stuff in their hands to the actual Father of all, and say, “We offer unto you this gift, the body of Christ.” And then they eat it and partake of their own dirt, and they say: “This is the body of Christ; and this is the Passover, because of which our bodies suffer and are forced to confess the passion of Christ.”

Epiphanius continues his report with the ritual of the menstrual blood, to which he adds an interesting exegesis:

And so with the woman’s emission when she happens to be having her period. They likewise take the unclean menstrual blood they gather from her, and eat it in common. And “This”, they say, “is the blood of Christ.” And thus when they read in apocryphal writings: “I saw a tree bearing fruit twelve times a year, and he said to me, “This is the tree of life”, they interpret this allegorically of the woman’s monthly emissions.

The rational behind this ritual seems to be that the divine element in human beings is located in their procreative power and that, therefore, salvation is realized by the emission of the bodily fluids, which are then offered to God. Epiphanius comments: “The idea is that they can obtain ready access to God through such a practice.”

Sixteenth-century engraving showing a Black Mass involving similar
sexual sacrementalist rituals to those allegedly practiced by the Borborites.

To Be Or Not To Be

“To give advice to a man who asks what to do with his life implies something very close to egomania. To presume to point a man to the right and ultimate goal — to point with a trembling finger in the RIGHT direction is something only a fool would take upon himself.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles…”

And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives. So few people understand this! Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future: I may be wrong, but I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect — between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.

The answer — and, in a sense, the tragedy of life — is that we seek to understand the goal and not the man. We set up a goal which demands of us certain things: and we do these things. We adjust to the demands of a concept which CANNOT be valid. When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.

Every man is the sum total of his reactions to experience. As your experiences differ and multiply, you become a different man, and hence your perspective changes. This goes on and on. Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.

So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything other than galloping neurosis?

The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all, or not with tangible goals, anyway. It would take reams of paper to develop this subject to fulfillment. God only knows how many books have been written on “the meaning of man” and that sort of thing, and god only knows how many people have pondered the subject. (I use the term “god only knows” purely as an expression.) There’s very little sense in my trying to give it up to you in the proverbial nutshell, because I’m the first to admit my absolute lack of qualifications for reducing the meaning of life to one or two paragraphs.

To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.

But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors—but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires—including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.

As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal) he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).

In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important. And it seems almost ridiculous to say that a man MUST function in a pattern of his own choosing; for to let another man define your own goals is to give up one of the most meaningful aspects of life — the definitive act of will which makes a man an individual.

A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.”

And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.

I’m not trying to send you out “on the road” in search of Valhalla, but merely pointing out that it is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it. There is more to it than that — no one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

A Personal Excursion

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

I just wanted to take a minute to expound a bit on my love for the Law of Thelema.

I just returned from a weekend trip to Bubastis Oasis in the valley of Dallas, TX and it has just overwhelmed me with the love, fraternity, and education that I received this weekend. Thelema is a living, breathing philosophy and religion that is still in the very early stages of its manifestation. For all the great words penned by our Prophet regarding Thelema, there is still much ground to cover. Modern Thelemic thinkers are constantly traversing new ground and revealing yet more of the mysteries of the Law that is for All.

A very wise brother pointed out this weekend that the new Aeon is upon us. If the OTO ceased to exist and if there were no Thelemites, the Aeon would roll on unabated. Our place in all of this as Thelemites is to ease the transition. To be the midwife to the change in society and culture that is coming. Our place is that of service, not only to our own but to the world at large. Thelema is larger than any one of us yet we can always find a place within it.

These changes that are coming to the world at large are also happening within each and every one of us as individuals. We are the Children of the Aeon. The crowned and conquering children that have the birthright to the new kingdom for every man and every woman is a star. I so dearly love my religion, I dearly love the philosophy behind it. I am constantly learning, evolving, coming to know my Self more and more. Through gnosis comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding, from understanding comes wisdom. The magick is alive and well and waiting for you to grasp it with both hands and make it yours. The injunction to the magician is to GO. Constantly moving, constantly learning, constantly improving.

Thelema is the Law and it is a living and breathing source of Light, Life, Love, and Liberty for ALL. Seize the day.

Love is the law, love under will

A weekend in Dallas with the Chappells

I love my religion! Just spent the most amazing day listening to Brother Vere and Sister Lita talk about True Will and host an open discussion on the Gnostic Mass. I turned to Soror Bennu and asked when the last time she heard such and open and enlightening discussion in a Christian church, she said never, neither had I.

Thelema is so broad and deep you will always learn something new when a group of Thelemites get together to celebrate anything. I’ve been to 3 different sets of lectures in the last month and every one just blew my mind wide open. Bringing a lot of great things back to Lifted Lance to share and discuss with the brethren. Look for our September-November schedule to be posted both here and on Facebook in the coming days.

I’m also looking into an opt-in mailing list plugin for WordPress to allow people to sign up to have schedules and events to be delivered right to their inbox! Announcements forthcoming.

Getting a fresh start

As you may know, the Lifted Lance website has been down for a little while. We had been using Facebook as our primary source of information and scheduled activities but no longer! All information that is posted to Facebook will also be available here. If you have any questions or comments hit the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.

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