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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, Hindu, occult/global
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 Obscuræ 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 Obscuræ (a fusion of Latin & Hebrew, meaning “Work of the Great Primordial Mother”) can be termed "Eastern Hellenistic" and is a “disciplined-eclectic” esoteric system founded by Estha McNevin and Raven Digitalis in 2003. The OAO Coven and Order structure and details of the spiritual system were channeled by Estha McNevin during Delphic oracular work with the Thoth Tarot. It was formally born on June 6th, 2003 and has been growing and evolving ever since as a “living matriarchal Occult order.” OAO borrows from a multitude of sources (particularly Witchcraft, Hinduism, Thelema, Hermeticism, Esoteric Qabalah and animistic shamanism) and retains the idea that disciplined devotion, self-sacrifice, study and self-reflection serve as mindful mechanisms for genuine spiritual development. We consider ourselves a matriarchal Binah path that is attuned primarily to the female creatrix aspect of the planet Saturn. In terms of our various Hindu practices, we refer to our system as a Shakta in nature. OAO works to benefit Thelema and the community, and our Coven regularly hosts or participates in projects for nonprofit groups such as Ars Terra, Greenpeace, the Missoula Food Bank and various civil rights organizations. OAO is also a 501c3 federal nonprofit.
EASTERN HELLENISTIC NEOPAGANISM ~ OAO is both a training system and an open community group. OAO’s approach attempts to use the unifying philosophies and principles of the Hellenistic Greeks to wed various Western, African, Mesopotamian and Asiatic traditions to the seasonal Wheel of the Year along with modern Pagan structures of worship. Combining Græco-Roman planetary deities with the gods of the zodiac and other African and Asian deities is an approach that 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 the Punjab and Gujarat 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 that he conquered with a whole new appreciation for the ancient civilizations, often 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. A Persian life philosophy called ‘Proskynesis’ became Alexander’s model and it’s one that OAO adopts today. This ethos compels one to foster respect for each living thing on the planet. This cultivates the understanding that each place and moment, in fact everyone we meet, has something new and exciting to teach us. Learning is the root of all happiness and adaptation in life. As the Greeks spread their gods and culture throughout the world, they absorbed many foreign principles, adopting foreign deities and customs into their own western spiritual practice. It is in the bellowed belly of shamanism that along with these very philosophic themes of cultural and religious syncretism, the foundations of our western Hermetic myths are forged. For example, during the Hellenistic period we in the West began to see the fusion of multiple deities such as Hermes (Greek) , Mercury (Roman) , and Thoth (Egyptian) who in their great popularity became ubiquitous archetypes recognized universally in different cultures, while essentially serving the same mythic esoteric functions.
Eastern Hellenism, in our view, does away with a strictly Western dogmatic approach to Gnostic ideology. Instead, it carries forth the social wisdom and esoteric values of many 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 into the Thoth Tarot, and a particular importance on archetypes is emphasized. This “eastern wisdom-meets-western knowledge” philosophy carefully considers and upholds many global ideas of traditional worship, prayer, and time-honored methods of veneration. We strive for ceremonial and cultural authenticity and follow well-defined rituals for each deity or spiritual force called. We take great care to research extensively, only after receiving a ‘call’ to work with such studies in our professional capacity as Pagan Clergy. As a multicultural resource center we embrace the spiritual freedom of all practitioners, we accept that everyone has their own cultural and religious needs or deity-specific acts of devotion. Our way is but one of countless millions.
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