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Opus Aima Obscurae (OAO Temple Haus) , 501c3
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Missoula, Montana
Key Contact: Raven Digitalis
Spiritual Path: NeoPagan/Occult/Hindu/Thelema
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: OAO MISSION STATEMENT: To serve as a ceremonial space and resource center for the study of global earth-based spirituality by offering a creative multicultural environment for the practice of public ritual, humanities education and community-supported agriculture.
Greetings! We invite anyone and everyone to attend our variety of public Pagan rituals, workshops, classes, concerts, and social events. ALL are welcome and celebrated. Please see below for our official information as well as a link to our current calendar of events :) Namaste
PUBLIC EVENT CALENDAR PDF:
Opus Aima Obscurć is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization
EVENTS WE OFFER:
Public *Sabbats*: - Open to all! These include basic Wiccan or Gardnerian ritual procedure, seasonal ritualistic observation, Sabbatical celebrations and general tribal revelry. All Elders, family and friends are welcome to visit the Temple Haus!
Public *Cottage Crafts* - Open to all! Public Cottage Crafting or Hedge Crafting events are forums for community-based education and neo-rustic reclaiming skills for the modern TRIBE! These events focus on the revival of Olde World talents and include non-ritualistic spellwork, arts, crafts, gardening and alchemy. Events vary and are based on the traditional seasonal activities of our ancestors. These are festive social occasions that include participatory lessons on the basics of rural nature craft. They often include active community magick and ancestral or nature worship. These events are a great time to get to know our community Elders, OAO Order members, Coven and prospective students.
*Pagan Kids’ Events* - Open to all! These fun-filled events for the young Witches, Wizards and magick-folk of our community meet earlier than other events to ensure that the kiddos get their own special time to celebrate, frolic, explore, craft and make magick! These generally occur before selected Sabbats annually.
*Open Library Days - Open to all! This is a great event for newcomers or anyone who is interested in community networking or using our Library for personal esoteric research. Community members are welcome to view books, consult Clergy for resources and spell suggestions, make copies for their own records and check out or return books.
*Full Moon* rituals & *Full Sun* rituals - The Coven and the training Order members observe Lunar and Solar “Full” ceremonial rituals respectively. Full Moons are for the Coven, while the Full Suns are for the ceremonial Order. (OAO community members, prospective guests and attendees are encouraged to observe these astrological holidays solitarily and to inquire or express interest if they feel drawn to experience any of these Temple events.) Please note that our Full Moon ceremonies observe zodiac and planetary influence and feature Doreen Valente’s Drawing Down of the Moon. Full Sun ceremonies are marked by the astrological point of each sun sign when it is exalted in a 15-degree mark on the zodiacal belt, generally falling between the 5th and 7th day of any given month; this is based on Mesopotamian and Semitic astrological magick. If you are interested in attending any of these celestial rituals please contact us to learn more about our ceremonial activities. We welcome all inquiries! To request permission to participate in an invite-only event, please ask Clergy, a member of the OAO Coven or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Women’s Dark Moon* Esbats - These women-only psychic development rituals include general Gardnerian ritual procedure, occult themes, astrologically aligned divinations and devotional offerings to Aima Elohim: our Hebrew Matriarch deity.
*Men’s Dark Sun* - If Dark Sun falls on an Equinox or Solstice, fellows please meet at 5:15pm instead! These men-only ‘Dusk’ Solar rituals are designed to attune masculine energy to the Sun. These are performed at Sun’s transitory time between zodiac signs, and shall align masculine energies to the astrological solar tides. These include an aligned community ‘activity’ and game play. Offerings are made to Abba Elohim: our Hebrew Patriarch deity.
Opus Aima Obscuae (a combination of Latin & Hebrew, meaning "Work of the Great Dark Mother") can be termed an "Eastern Hellenistic" or "disciplined-eclectic" esoteric system founded by Estha McNevin and Raven Digitalis in 2003. The OAO structure or spiritual system was primarily channeled and aligned by Estha McNevin, and is designed to be a Clerical training structure for those wishing to devote their lives to becoming Neopagan Priests and Priestesses. It was formally born on June 6th, 2003 and has been growing and evolving ever since as a 'living tradition.' OAO borrows from a multitude of sources (particularly Witchcraft, Thelema, Hinduism, Hermeticism, Esoteric Qabalah and core shamanism) and retains the idea that disciplined devotion, self-sacrifice, intense study and self-reflection serve as mechanisms for actual spiritual development. We consider ourselves a matriarchal Binah path that is attuned primarily to Saturn. OAO works to benefit oneself and the community, and its outer court/public circle group has held benefit projects for nonprofit groups such as Ars Terra, Greenpeace, the Food Bank and various civil rights organizations. OAO is also a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization.
Discovering answers to life's Great Mysteries is a lifelong process. We all exist to assist one another in our development as spiritual beings. More than a tradition in the traditional sense of the word, Opus Aima ObscurĂ¦ serves as a support system and initiatory structure for those who the path resonates with. OAO is focused on both Inner and Outer Work and prides itself on its structure as a Neotribal family. OAO is not a cult, nor is it a fundamentalist or rigid ascetic system. Its practices and requirements may seem foreign to those who have not had exposure to multicultural spiritualism. In no way does OAO claim to be better or more advanced than other training modules, as OAO recognizes that its esoteric system may work as a complement to other dedicatory traditions, Covens, Groves, Lodges or Orders that any given member may be additionally involved with. We believe that everyone on this planet is a spiritual being in the process of both healing and awakening to the deeper truths about themselves and reality (93, 93/93) .
AIMA ELOHIM (AMA ALHIM) ~ OAO utilizes AIMA ELOHIM as the matrix and creatrix of the tradition, and a central figure of our dark moon divination practices. AIMA ELOHIM is a Semitic deity of Mesopotamian origin, and a principle figure associated with the Matriarchal lineage upheld within Judaism. In Hebrew, the term AIMA means "Mother." This was adopted within Graeco-Roman and Coptic cultures as well, and applies archetypally to Mother Nature. ELOHIM, a Hebrew name of God, combined with AIMA, deifies this maternal principle as the Mother of all Gods. Within occult/esoteric branches of Qabalah, AIMA is the name of the Supernal Mother who rules BINAH. The history of AIMA is obscured as a result of the tribal Diaspora of the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent during the 6th century BCE. As Jewish tribes pushed North and South, various deities were adopted and syncretized into the Semitic tradition. AMA of the Phonecian virginal deity of war and raw aggression became closely linked with the Jewish tribal peoples' fight-for-survival in a changing political landscape of Imperial powers. The Sumerian and Persian AIMA, associated with Astarte and Ishtar (as well as Aphrodite and Venus) was adopted as a more benevolent and nurturing feminine aspect. Over time, these merged into the greater theme of BINAH within Jewish Orthodoxy and the Rabbinical school. On the Qabalistic (Kabbalistic/Cabalistic) Tree of Life, the sphere BINAH is ruled by the planet SATURN and the element WATER, and represents not only the womb of life, but the throne from which all governance and political power are executed. (BINAH's balancing opposite is CHOKMAH, of whom ABBA (not the band) , NEPTUNE, and FIRE oversee.) She is the ultimate understanding of the blood connection of all living beings to one another. AIMA, in gematria, equates to 52 and is often said to represent the bright and fertile aspect of the Holy Mother. AMA, on the other hand, equates to 42 and represents the severe and sterile aspect of the Holy Mother. The name AIMA is chosen within this training (and community) structure to represent light and fertility, whereas AMA would carry destructive or desolate connotations. However, Obscurae is used as a representation of Divine Paradox: not only is the word Latin rather than Hebrew, but places a shadow upon the light of AIMA. Our Opus is to manifest personal empowerment within the duality of these forces. In all ways, OAO is a system of both shadow and light, understanding the importance of all Paradox. Within our tradition, we would say that our Will is driven by AIMA, and our initiations reflect the empowerment of AMA. As we strive to receive the purification and understanding of BINAH in our daily lives, we also work a path of consciousness, education, and manifestation for others as an enactment of our vows to the Universe.
EASTERN HELLENISTIC NEOPAGANISM ~ OAO, as both a training system and community group, strives to follow an Eastern Hellenistic Neopagan approach to our magickal and spiritual pursuits. This approach attempts to use the unifying philosophies and principles of the Hellenistic Greeks to unite various Western, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Asiatic traditions to the seasonal Wheel of the Year and modern Pagan structures of worship. Combining Graeco-Roman planetary deities with the gods of the zodiac and other Egyptian and Asian deities, this approach views all gods as valid and worthy of proper veneration. The term Hellenism refers to the ideology present in the Hellenistic Period of world history in the fourth to first century BCE. The process of Hellenization was marked by the conquests of Alexander the Great, an aristocratic Greek general and political strategist who conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, and even extending to the Punjab regions of India. As a result of the cultural sensitivities taught to him by his tutor and mentor Aristotle, Alexander approached the lands and cultures of the people he conquered in a whole new way, adopting foreign gods and ritual practices in an effort to aid him in global conquest. The principles of the Hellenistic period reflect this open cultural expansion and shared symbolism under unifying archetypal principals. As the Greeks attempted to spread their gods and culture throughout the world, they absorbed many foreign principles into their own practice under these themes of cultural and religious syncretism. For example, it is during the Hellenistic period that we begin to see the fusion of multiple deities such as Hermes (Greek) , Mercury (Roman) , and Thoth (Egyptian) as ubiquitous archetypes recognized in different cultures. Eastern Hellenism, in our view, does away with a strictly-Western approach to the Hellenistic ideology. Instead, it carries forth the idea of Hellenism to apply to Eastern pantheons and schools of thought including branches of Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto and Taoism. The spiritual philosophies of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India and the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent are integrated and validated, and a particular importance on archetypes is emphasized. This East-meets-West ideology necessarily considers and upholds many ideas of proper worship, prayer, and veneration to any given deity or spiritual force being worked with. This also allows a spiritual freedom to practitioners who may have their own pantheon. OAO doesn't consider Eastern Hellenism to be a type of Reconstructionism, seeing as no particular pantheon is upheld above another. Instead of following a singular or non-inclusive path, the Eastern Hellenistic approach blends the brilliancy and beauty of the world's cultures to fit the twenty-first century: the unique moment we find ourselves in.
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