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Saturday, August 4th, 2007
10:35 am
Lance and Crown
Finished making my lance yesterday, and FINALLY located a workable crown. Hopefully soon I will Get in touch with a Bishop. My bodymaster is going to get to it soon I am sure.

93/93,  Fr. Oz


Current Mood: restless
Monday, July 30th, 2007
8:08 am
A couple of questions.
"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law."

   I am hoping to enter into the novitiate soon, and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where I could pick up an interesting serpent crown. I have been having trouble finding one. I can't afford gold, and did find one that is a belly dancing crown, but our body already has this one. I am also having trouble locating a good lance point. Any suggestions?

  My second question is regarding a topic which I seem to get conflicting opinions about. In many masses I have seen in the past when I was at SWL in the 90's, During the consecration of the elements, the priest "Pushed energy" through the lance during the "By the virtue of the rod" part, and the "Hriliu" part. I am curious what if any the official stance is on practicing this. Some I have talked to think that this is an obvious thing to do. This is my personal feeling as well, and I felt that these masses seemed particularly powerful to me personally. But it has also been said that the priest should let the words and symbols do the work for themselves. Is there an official stance on this from the Primate, or is it simply a matter of personal interpretation by each priest?

"Love is the law, love under will.

Fraternally, Frater Oz

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
10:52 am
Gnostic Mass website

A website dedicated to Liber XV:


93 93/93
Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
11:33 pm
Sticky Cakes
Making Cakes of Light a few weeks ago, I was moved to the following variation. I had mixed the ingredients and the tang of the Oil was very strong - Atomic Fireball Cakes, darn near. I was wondering about just baking a new batch, when it occurred to me that we are not bidden to COOK all the ingredients into the Cake. I drizzled honey on the finished Cakes (there was also a goodly shot of honey in the batter. of course, since the sugar is crucial to a good crumb) and this both ameliorated the hot cinnamon and bitter myrrh flavor, as well as giving the Cakes a marvelous sweetness on the tongue, and making them slightly sticky to the touch, which is interesting symbolism on several fronts. Not Baclava of Light by any means, but when the dust (or honey) settled, especially after bagging the Cakes to take to Mass, they were all lightly coated with a very light glaze of honey.

I was amused that after almost a decade making Cakes of Light, this had never occurred to me before, and I was wondering if anyone else has tried a similar preparation. I know some Cake recipes or baking methods produce more of a candied or chewy Cake rather than a crisp cookie - which would also produce a more honied flavor.

Sidebar: I was also reminded of the custom among some Chassidic sects, where a drop of honey is placed on a boy's tongue before he reads his first portion of Torah, so that the Law will be sweet in his mouth ever after. Interestingly, I found that some authorities argue against this and similar practices, on the grounds that fulfilling the duty of studying Torah should be fulfilling in itself, whether it is pleasurable or not on a given day.
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
10:21 pm
Liber XV Missal
The final version of the missal many folks have already downloaded is available at:

Every letter and punctuation mark has been gone over repeatedly - so if you find any errors I'll send you a prize ;-)

The pdf file can be taken to Kinko's for printing. You need to tell them to set it up as a booklet in landscape format on legal size paper. they use a wizard that does the layout and correct pagination in about 3 mouse clicks.

If anyone would like a version of the file with your local body contact info on the back cover, simply contact me at the set-triumphant dot org email with the particulars and I'll get it to you.

We use this version locally for both officers and the congregation. Since it has our contact info on it, I don't mind if new visitors take them home. In fact, I have given some away to folks that express some interest in Liber XV.

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
8:11 pm
Introduction/thelemic new year

I am a 34-year old male from Norway, currently training as priest in Hugin og Munin Lodge, Bergen, the oldest Scandinavian OTO body. I am doing masses with our lodgemistress.

Thursday was my sixth mass, and a rather "mickey mouse" one as we both kept forgetting what to do and say...reflecting on it afterwards I somehow feel it had to happen sooner or later, to "burn out" everything that could go wrong once and for all. The priestess had also been consecrated just before and I was preparing for the Great Invocation later on which went very well.

Good to be part of this group, looking forward to exchange experiences.

93 93/93
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
10:28 pm
Has anyone else read the essay on Liber XV in Waratah #3?
Monday, May 8th, 2006
11:25 am
Mass of the Holy Winged Disk
Tauna and I performed the Gnostic Mass this Sunday, for the William Blake Oasis, and it went very well. We actually got applause when we came downstairs. One very nice compliment we got was (I believe it was from the new attendee, B.) that they thought we'd been performing it for years -- they would never have guessed that it was our first time.

We had a decent turn-out -- 12 attendees (in addition to our mass team). Not bad considering a couple members were out of town.

Much thanks to tantric_chef, for being Deacon, and to kitten_goddes, and eliphas93 for being children.

I was definitely nervous, though the energies carried me through well -- my voice seemed extra strong and powerful. I only messed up two lines, I think*
I did almost forget to show the host -- but the Deacon prompted me.

There was a rather humorous part of the Mass was when The Holy Winged Disk made it's appearance in the form of a Flying cake of Light. I guess there was a little too much "light" in the cake. We were using a slippery paten with no edges. Tauna had already dropped it in her lap at one point, and I was doing the part where I hold it up say some stuff, and then make a cross on her -- and the Cake took flight, finally landing near the Positive Child, who very quickly scooped it up. Very sturdy cake, though. No damage done.

There were two very noticeable side-effects that Tauna and I both experienced. The first was being very spacy. Tauna termed it as "felling completely useless" (w/rt helping to clean up the kitchen). I've heard tha is a relatively common side-effect. The second effect, which I had not expected or been told about was feeling an overwhelming wave of fatigue after all the socializing was done and everybody was on their way home. Is this a common Mass side-effect, I wonder? It makes sense that manifesting very strong energies could tire one's body. We had never had this fatigue in practice -- quite the opposite in fact -- almost a buzz. But this was the first time with communicants. My hypothesis is that perhaps Tauna and I were drawing on some personal energy instead of channeling 100% -- or perhaps this is an inevitable side-effect of a successful Mass. I would be interested in hearing any personal opinions/experiences related to this matter.
I did feel better after a nap.

All in all, and am pleased with how we did, and am looking forward to our next Mass.
*--(technical points)
The first was a transposition when I said "before whom the mind is ashamed, time bewildered" instead of "before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered" during my first step speech -- I think I was a bit distracted because I was wondering if I'd given Tauna enough time. The second was at the very end when I said "May the Lord enlighten you understanding" instead of "May the Lord enlighten you minds"

--I have had a minor running problem transposing parts of these two lines:
in the third step speech: "make open the path of creation and of intelligence between us and our minds, enlighten our understanding, encourage our hearts..."
and the second benediction: "May the Lord enlighten your minds and comfort your hearts and sustain your bodies".

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
6:52 pm
The holy penetrating shaft.
Today I ordered my Priest's Lance.

The extant selection of such items relatively sucks.
But this one pleases me greatly.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
12:38 pm
What color is your shaft (bay-bee)?
I'm in the process of assembling my lance (actually a spontoon), which -- fittingly enough -- has an ash shaft. I'm kicking around different ways to finish the wood, from a reddish-mahogany (OK, but rather Colonial looking) to black lacquer (tough to avoid looking like plastic) to a clearcoat (ash-white, obviously).

What color did you select for your lance?


- V -
Monday, October 3rd, 2005
4:12 pm
Sun "Tree Topper" For Lance

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

The best Priest's Lance that I have ever seen for the Mass is one used by the two Priests at Victorious City Lodge. It is wooden, painted gold, with a gold Sun as the top; the piercing point consists of one of the rays coming off of the Sun.

How did they craft this magnificent item? They used a Sun Xmas tree topper!!

I have always wanted to frankly steal this idea, and have never, in the intervening 10 years, seen another tree topper like it. I've phoned many a local department and even specialty Xmas store, and Googled like mad, thus far to no avail.

Can anyone out there help me out on this?? Has anyone seen such a thing, or is anyone a craftsperson who might be interested in producing same?

Love is the law, love under Will.
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
5:05 pm
In the Concecration Ceremony of a Jupiter talisman (Golden Dawn, 6th edition p. 417), the instructions are given--about midway through--to invoke Amoun using the Amoun God-form while saying:

"...O thou Circle of stars whereof my Genius is but the younger brother, marvel beyond imagination, soul of Eternity before whom time is ashamed, the Ruach bewildered, and the Neschamah dark, not unto thy majesty may I attain unless thine image be love. Therefore by seed and root, and by bud and leaf, and by flower and fruit of my entire being, do I invoke thee, whose name and power is love. (assume God-form of Amoun) O secret of secrets that art hidden in the being of all that lives, lord secret and most holy--source of light, source of life, source of love, source of liberty, be thou ever constant and mighty within me that I may forever remain in thine abundant joy, Amoun... ...there is no part of me that is not of the gods..."

I guess AC liked this ceremony!

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
10:34 am
From the EGC Sec
Greeting of Earth and Heaven!

I'd like to take a moment to make sure everyone knows the requirements for EGC Novices.

1. Novices must be a Member of the Church. Membership is conferred in the ceremony of confirmation. Because the criteria for confirmation is memorization of the creed and obtaining a basic understanding of the tenents of the Church, ideally, confirmation does not happen on the same day as baptism.

2. Novices must be active, dues current members of the OTO.

3. Novices must be supervised by a Bishop or Auxilliary Bishop recognized by USGL.

4. Novices must be working towards ordination. In other words, we expect novices to be progressing through the Man of Earth degrees in a reasonable amount of time.

Because in the past, we did not keep track of novices, if you have not already done so, please write to my office at egc@oto-usa.org and provide me with the date, place and presiding officer of your baptism and confirmation, as well as the name of the bishop supervising your noviate.

Best Regards,
Bishop Tau Marie
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
9:43 am
I was working with the path of Qoph today in light of the Thelemic Holy Day and gained some insight to the Mass.

At SWL, our tomb is flanked by two kneeling figures of Anubis. In ATU XVIII, the same figures are depicted on either side of the towers; at their feet are a wolf and a dog, two wolves, two dogs, can't really tell. A dog is man's adaptation of the wolf. My suspicion is that one of the jackal gods is Anubis of the East and the other, Anubis of the West. In the GD system, they represent the Kerux and Sentinel respectively. Kephra rises from the merky waters with the Solar Disk. Could the merky waters be the tomb and Kephra a form of the Priest emerging from the tomb? This makes sense to me because of the connection of the waters of Binah and the element of earth. The connection between the Sun and the Priest should be obvious. Also, in some decks of the Tarot, the Fool is depicted with a companion; sometimes a dog and sometimes a wolf, and even crocodiles and tigers! In either case, the companion and/or foes are under the control of the Fool. In Hebrew, (Qoph, Vau, Peh) means: back of the head, an ape, or the letter Qoph. The companion/ape correlation reminds me of the Ape of Thoth, although I don't see the Mercurial symbolism in the card other than the dripping, bloody YODS (as seed, see Paris Working). Could the fool (as the Priest) represent the adaptation of the conditions of delusion depicted in The Moon card? You could view the donning of the Priest's vestments (especially the scarlet robe) to the illumination of the path of Qoph and the ability to see into those dark corners of life. Anyway, just a thought!
Thursday, March 10th, 2005
7:15 pm
I came across the notion the other day that the OTO Lamen, in one sense, is identifiable with the Host, Cup, and particular in Liber XV.

This map attributes the Host to the eye in the triangle as the Father of the Holy Trinity. The eye also corresponds to the Ajna chakra which in turn corresponds to the path of Daleth between Chokmah and Binah. Crowley identifies the lotus in the Tarot image of Atu III as "opening its petals to the Sun, whose image is the belly of the chalice." He goes on to say that the lotus is a living form of the Holy Grail which has been sanctified by the blood of the Sun. Also, YOD is an attribution of Chokmah and HEH to that of Binah; their union brings forth VAU, an aspect of the Sun. Yod (10), and Heh (5)= 15 YA, a divine name of Chokmah. In Wake World, Part III, the fairy prince indicates that the 2nd house (Chokmah) is the place where he usually lives. I have somewhat of an argument that this aspect of the Sun, HGA, or whatever you call this form of divinity is intimately connected with the path of Daleth, the eye in the triangle, the Host, Chokmah and Binah, et cetra.

The Dove, as the Holy Spirit, is the Mercurial aspect of this argument. Note that Mercury and the Sun are connected: Jesus on the Cross with the two theives, ie. the Caduceus Wand (see Paris Working). This is the particular broken off from the Host in the Mass. "This is my seed. The Father is the Son as the Holy Ghost" are the words spoken in Greek over the particular in Liber XV. Sperm is attributed to Mercury on accont of its fluidity and influence over generations (see Paris Working). Another attribution to Mercury is Chokmah but it's Mercury in its highest aspect. Keep in mind that the fairy prince from Wake World lives in the second house(Chokmah). This Mercurial aspect of the Sun is given up in the form of the dove (Holy Spirit) to be intermingled in the cup. Mercury, in one sense, is communication. The intermingling of the particular into the blood of the cup becomes a mode of communication between man and divinity. Perhaps this process is symbolized by such a small piece of the wafer because the process of enlightenment is slow and gradual. Divinity reveals itself in small portions, I guess.

The cup is the Magician as an open vessel to be filled with the light of the divine. It is the Son of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit Trinity. The process of magickal attainment must have some form of vessel to hold its operations. The container refered to is the self. The Son fits into these symbols if it is considered as a general symbol for the reception of the divine. Also, in the Practicus Grade, the student makes the Cup of the Stolistes. This grade is attributed to Hod/Mercury/water which is, I have already mentioned, identifiable with the Sun. The Sign of Apophis and Typhon also comes to mind.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
3:53 am
Where to buy a good EGC Mass Priest Crown ?

Greetings All,

I'm looking to purchase a good EGC Mass Priest Crown.
Any suggestions ?

BTW, our Phoenix, AZ OTO Proto Body will be doing our first performance (this may or may not be an "official celebration", still setting up all the details with the EGC.. putting this here so I don't step on any toes) of the EGC Mass on 12/5/04. If you will be in the Phoenix area on 12/5/04 and would like to attend, please send me an email.

Thanks !


93 93/93
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
2:40 am
Alchemical Insight into the Mass
I highly recommend reading the book - "The Emerald Tablet : Alchemy for Personal Change".
It has been helpful to me in expanding my understanding of what's going on in the Mass.

Also, Red Flame #2 is a "must have" for any novice EGC officer.
Friday, September 24th, 2004
3:26 pm
Everyone get on your soapboxes and tell us all this:

What is your favourite part of the Mass? Why? What significance does it hold to you, or do you think it holds in general?
Monday, September 20th, 2004
8:51 am
The Tomb.
Beyond being a resting place for the dead, are there additional implications regarding the Tomb? What style of Tomb do you use (upright, limestone sarcophagus, closet, cardboard box, etc.), and how is it decorated? Whilst locked away within its musky depths, do you prepare yourself in any fashion?
8:47 am
The Ceremony of the Introit.
"Be the flame of the Sun thine ambience, O thou Priest of the Sun."

"May the Serpent be thy Crown, O thou Priest of the Lord."

How does the purification/consecration of the Priest manifest in your group? In what fashion does the Priestess robe and crown you (whilst speaking each line, afterward, beforehand, etc.)? What is the significance of the Serpent Crown? Why do you think the Cap of Maintenance is not specifically addressed in the process of robing? What meaning do the Masonic penal signs have here?
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