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Temple of Babalon
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Bloomington, Indiana
Key Contact: Emissary
Spiritual Path: Ophidian Thelema
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: What is the Temple of Babalon?
The Temple of Babalon is a Mystery School dedicated to the devotion and worship of the incarnation of the Great Liberating Mother who is currently known as Babalon. The Temple is an Ophidian organization and practices Ophidian Thelema. In addition, the Temple teaches many forms of Heka, which includes the Orphetic Mysteries.
A Mystery School is an institution which teaches esoteric and magical spirituality in a direct and experiential way, as opposed to the symbolic and intellectual approach of the modern esoteric groups. The wisdom of the Temple is based on a core set of philosophies and spiritual principles that guides the student to contact their own Spirit, their divinity within themselves. This is accomplished through a series of Initiations with corresponding teachings that must be mastered by the student before moving on to the next Initiation. These Initiation Cycles, or Degrees, are centered on the Mysteries and Rites of Sex and Death. These are the Mysteries of the Underworld. These Mysteries are kept secret from the uninitiated, who would misinterpret and defile them without the proper experiential knowledge gained by the Initiation and other rituals which accompany it. Without this experiential wisdom, they simply would not understand them, or worse yet as often happens, misinterpret them. These Mysteries and their Initiatory steps increase the student’s spiritual awareness and powers in gradual steps, towards Adeptship, which is total self-mastery by the Spirit over the Persona.
How to Join Us
If you do not live in the immediate vicinity of Bloomington, Indiana, then there are two ways to affiliate with the Temple. There is the Devotional Path to Babalon and there is the Ritual Path of the Mysteries of Heka. The choice to pursue either, or both, can only be determined by your Will alone.
Mystery Babalon: The Bhaktic Rites of Babalon
The first way to associate with the Temple is through the Shrine system and the Bhaktic Rites of Babalon. This path is for those seeking to devote themselves in dedication and worship to Babalon as a Goddess, in their own way. The Devotees of Dea Babalon are tasked with creating a Shrine to Babalon in your local area and practicing the Bhaktic Rites of Babalon there. The choice of which of these Rites you practice, and how public you desire to be with these Rites, are your own. The Temple will offer support and guidelines for the Shrine System, as well as the rituals and practices required to maintain your Shrine. These instructions can be found in a book entitled: Mystery Babalon: The Bhaktic Rites of Babalon. This book will be available in hard copy, for those who have it in a printed format, or for free from the temple in digital form. People from all walks of life and from any level of understanding, are encouraged to participate in whatever way they Will. Running a Shrine to Babalon does not mean that you have to join the Temple, or that you agree with the Philosophy of the Temple. Nor will you have your creativity curtailed in any way according to your own Will. The only requirements for keeping your Shrine in good standing on the list of Shrines will be listed in the guidelines for Shrines, Sanctuaries and Chapterhouses which will be made available in the near future. The act of Creating a Shrine and practicing the Bhaktic Rites of Babalon will appeal to those who have sensual and artistic appetites, and who enjoy the transformation of devotional experiences and exchanges of the Babalon energy. There are no charges or fees for participating in the Shrine system - only one’s sincere dedication and diligence is required.
Outer Temple: The Orphetic Mysteries of Heka
The second way to associate with the Temple is through the Initiatory system of the Temple and the Orphetic Mysteries of Heka. By becoming an Associate Member of the Outer Temple, you will be tasked with the serious undertaking of learning Ophidian Magick, with the goal of being fully trained in the Orphetic Mysteries and the Triangle of Manifestation. The main task of the Associate Member is the enacting of the Curriculum in their daily life, pursuing their Will, and learning of the Ophidian ways This system is for those who crave knowledge of Heka, or Magick, and want to pursue a path of self-transformation in this regard. This is a system based in the tradition of Ophidian Thelema, and personal dedication to Babalon is not required. The Outer Temple Associate system will appeal to those who have magical inclinations, a desire to work with spirit evocation, and who enjoy living in a ritualistic and transformative way.
To be considered for Associate Membership, one must be in good standing with the Temple, and agree to a simple code of conduct. Associate Members will then gain access to the public curriculum, training and the help of Dedicated Temple Members. Associate Members will also have access to some of the Guilds of the Temple, and may help in the work therein. Dedicated Members will be available to answer questions and to help guide the Associate Members in their practices, and private discussion groups will be made available. Associate Members who complete the various curriculum parts may have the opportunity to visit Ophidia and undergo direct Initiation to become Confirmed Members. Confirmed Members may have opportunities for more responsibility in the Temple as well as leadership roles. All Associate Members will have the opportunity to attend certain gatherings and rituals in Ophidia, if so desired and opportunity allows. Associate Members may cease their involvement at any time. There are no charges or fees for Associate Membership - only one’s sincere dedication and diligence is required.
If you are interested in either path (or poth) , please make your Will known to the Temple by contacting us.
Templum Babalonis is a 501c (3) tax exempt religious organization which was founded in August of the year 2000. The work that is made public by the Temple is given to the world at large for free. We do not sell books containing spiritual teachings for a profit. The Temple never charges for Initiation or Spiritual training in any way. This is the one true way to know the imposters. The value of coin holds no currency with us, or the Spirits we are allied with. Money as such is not needed by Dedicated Temple members. This is important for money is the root of so much compromise in the Persona in regards to the Spirit. It is one of the true great evils of our time. Donations are not usually accepted, except in rare circumstances. Instead the Temple is built upon a principle of reciprocity, not monetary exploitation. Ophidia provides all that the Temple needs by way of food and shelter, in return for the service of its members working the land. The real Bounty of Fortuna lies beneath your feet. It is there that one can find a prosperity much more valuable and useful than any coin.
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