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NOTOCON IX: Neither East nor West

The website of the 2013 biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis conference for OTO in the US has been announced, so you may be interested in checking that out. The upcoming ninth conference is in Sacramento, CA on Aug 9 – 11, 2013. Of course, the conference is open to initiates only; but there’s time enough for that if you are interested. Although this is just the initial bit of information about the upcoming conference, you can gander through past conference sites to get an idea of the kind of presentations and events that will likely happen this time around as well.

“The NOTOCON IX Onsite Team invite you to join with Brothers and Sisters from around the country (and a few from around the world) for Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.’s ninth biennial national convention, to be held August 9 – August 11, 2013 e.v. in Sacramento, California.

Our theme for 2013 e.v. is ‘Neither East nor West.’ No, we’re not referring to our physical location (which is decidedly West Coast)! This is a paraphrase from Liber AL, Chapter 1, verse 56: ‘Expect him not from the East, nor from the West, for from no expected house cometh that child. Aum! All words are sacred and all prophets true, save only that they understand a little…’

The true meaning of this verse will not be discussed here (so as not to become a ‘centre of pestilence!’) but we’re taking the verse as inspiration to explore the currents of thought flowing into Thelema from sources East and West: Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Voudoun, Christianity, Islam, Judaism (and mystical variants of these such as Sufism and Qabalah), medieval alchemy, martial arts, religion and magick of North and South America, Australia, and Africa. Thelema is a syncretic tradition. In the true spirit of ‘The aim of religion, the method of science,’ Thelemites from Crowley and on have studied every mystical and magical tradition available; taken what worked, and left the rest. This convention will celebrate the great diversity and depth of the traditions from which Thelema has drawn.” [via]