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Aum. Ha. Lodge announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: Yourself!
Acct. Id: 382125
Event Id: 79645
The Gnostic Mass, Thelema in Chicago.
When: Last Sunday of Every Month
Where: Chicago, Illinois
The Gnostic Mass - Liber XV
Event Details: The Gnostic Mass is the central public and private rite of the OTO (Ordo Templi Orientis)
It was composed by Aleister Crowley as a rite for those that enjoy public celebrations of life, love and the pagan gods but without the dogma and patriarchal sexism of the Abrahamic religions.
Our Public and Free open celebration of the Gnostic Mass is an excellent introduction to the Mass. Only the Priest takes communion therefore the congregation can enjoy the mass and gnosis with minimal participation.
Many wiccans, witches and pagans of all kind are members of the OTO and enjoy our monthly celebration of the Mass. The most holy secrets of the OTO are contained within the rite for those who can peel through Crowley's layer upon layer of symbolism.
From the moment our High Priestess representing the goddess appears she is adored by all. She then consecrates the priest who is "but a man amongst men". He then takes her to the east and sets her upon the pinnacle of the earth. The true covenant of resurrection is then perfected. Wiccan’s will see much in the Gnostic Mass which is echoed in “The Great Rite” and other rituals.
Crowley had a huge contribution on Gerald Gardner, modern paganism and wicca. From wikipedia:
"After Crowley's death on 1 December 1947, Gardner was considered the highest ranking O.T.O. member in Europe, and contacted another English member Lady Frieda Harris (painter of the Thoth tarot deck) about continuing the work of the Order in the U.K. Lady Harris wrote to Karl Germer, Crowley's successor as head of O.T.O., on 2 January 1948 that Gardner was now the "Head of the O.T.O. in Europe". Gardner later met with Germer in New York to formulate further plans for the O.T.O. However Gardner's continuing ill health during this period led to the abandonment of the plans, and in 1951 he was replaced by Frederic Mellinger as the O.T.O's European representative. Dr Leo Ruickbie concluded that Aleister Crowley played a crucial role in inspiring Gardner to establish a new pagan religion.Ruickbie, Hutton, Rankine & d'Este, and Orpheus all argue that much of what has been published of Gardnerian Wicca, as Gardner's practice came to be known by, was derived from works by Aleister Crowley and also contains borrowings from other identifiable sources."
Event Location: 7013 N Sheridan Road in Chicago
Event TIME Details: 6:00pm
Directions: go to google maps and search for :
7013 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
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