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Ordo Astrum Sophiae
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Phoenix, Arizona
Key Contact: Derik
Spiritual Path: Ogdoadic
Status: Established Group
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Group Overview: The House of Adocentyn is an initiatory body of the Ordo Astrum Sophiae based in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 2002, the Astrum Sophia is a fully contacted initiatory Order dedicated to continuing and fostering the Ogdoadic Tradition of the Western Mysteries, and thus providing a vehicle for the advancement of its members in an ambience of living alchemy. The Order is committed to the ideal of the magical family and its unwavering devotion to raise its initiates to true Adepthood within the regenerative mysteries of the Ogdoadic Tradition. It is a Hermetic and magical Order, based on 19th-20th century Aurum Solis materials and on evolving esoteric thought. It is a private esoteric society and is not affiliated to any other organization, whether esoteric, religious or political.
The Ogdoadic Tradition is a modern term referring to a system of ritual magick which draws its influences from a number of sources: Neoplatonic theurgy, Alexandrian Hermeticism, transcendent Gnosticism, medieval alchemy, Hermetic Qabalah, and the great mythic schemata of pagan regeneration are woven together into a consistent and coherent system of magical and mystical practice which is not tied to any one belief-system. Even in its use of Qabalah the Ogdoadic Tradition is not confined to the trappings of Rabbinic Judaism or Abrahamic deities; rather this Qabalah has been stripped to its essential framework and integrated by modern adepts utilizing Ancient Greek as its “sacred” language.
The Ogdoadic Tradition is the Path of the Sacred King. Its keywords are Knowledge and Regeneration. Knowledge of the Self as represented by the Fivefold House of Sacrifice, culminating in true Gnosis: Divine Knowledge through the knowledge of the Divine in man. Those who strive to this Gnosis and who peradventure attain it are Regenerated: reborn. Their House becomes irradiated with the Light of the Eightfold Star – the endless interlace showing forth the eternal bond of Matter and Spirit – and they are born as Adepts. So too do we find this Path of the Alchemy of the Soul preserved in the stories of Osiris, Tammuz, Dionysus, and countless others. It is also telling that none of them could have been reborn without the aid of the Great Mothers – of Isis, Ishtar, Rhea, etc.
This specific system of magick first crystallized in a magical order known as the Aurum Solis (“Gold of the Sun”) in London in 1897. Surviving a schism in the 1950s, that order published a series of books outlining its teachings and practices called The Magical Philosophy in the 1970s. Its authors, known by their pen-names Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips, would also become the leaders of that order. They became heavily involved in the very early days of Llewellyn Publications and the “Gnostica” movement, relocating to Minnesota and writing many other books on magical techniques. After Melita Denning’s death in 1997, the Aurum Solis underwent another schism with supporters in favor of a more philosophical focus on Neoplatonism retaining the name of Aurum Solis. The remaining US members formed the Ordo Astrum Sophiae (“Order of the Star of Wisdom”) in 2002 under the leadership of William Stoltz, the current Grand Master of the Order who was originally initiated by Denning and Phillips in 1984.
The Astrum Sophia today is a small and mostly private order, with active US bodies in Minneapolis, Long Island, Seattle, and Phoenix. The Phoenix group is known as “The House of Adocentyn.” As a living body of Astrum Sophia, the House of Adocentyn is dedicated to raising it’s members to true Adepthood in the Alchemy of Light. This Gnosis is attained through initiation and a great deal of personal endeavor – and yet the Order’s emphasis is not purely mystical. Students are taught techniques of practical magick and join their companions in rites of great beauty and power when they are ready.
The Master of the House of Adocentyn is the current Prior of the greater Order, the Chief Editor of the Ogdoadic Journal of the Western Mysteries, and has been practicing this particular Tradition of High Magick for 15 years. The House of Adocentyn is empowered to conduct initiations of the First and Second Halls of the Order, as well as initiation into the Third Hall which comprises the Inner Order of the Stella Gloriosa.
For more information on the House of Adocentyn, please visit: http://www.adocentyn.net. Initiation is by invitation only, this being spontaneously extended or arising from an application. The House also has conducted a series of Qabalistic Pathworkings at Alpha Book Center in Phoenix, and plans to continue offering such public classes and workshops in 2014.
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