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Neither East nor West

Hermetic Library fellow Sabazius has posted his keynote speech from NOTOCON IX, which had the theme “Neither East nor West” and which took place earlier this month in Sacramento, California. This was the ninth NOTOCON, a biennial conference for the US Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis.

“Neither East nor West. Neither the house of dawn, nor the house of dusk, neither the realm of beginnings nor the realm of endings; neither here nor there, neither black nor white, neither the past nor the future, neither the old nor the new. We find ourselves in transit; in the interstices, the in-between places, partaking of partialities, gradients, nuances, and transients. Familiar things pass away, and strange, new things confront us, leaving us excited, but also perhaps somewhat unsure, insecure, and anxious. We feel well rid of some of the old, and we welcome some of the new—but not all, necessarily.

In the face of the insecurity of the impermanence that confronts us, comfort and courage can often be found in belonging to, and identifying with, an institution that is anchored, to some extent, in history and tradition, and which exhibits the size and strength to endure into the future. We want to be a part of something larger than ourselves. It is a natural human impulse, one not lightly to be dismissed. I daresay this is why many of us are here tonight. It is, in fact, I think, one of the very foundations of human culture, and we see this tendency everywhere, manifesting in mysticism as well as in a propensity to gather together in tribes of various sorts.” [via]

Tarot Show at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento on Apr 5th – May 2nd

Tarot Show is an art show at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento, CA running from April 5th through May 2nd. The show features the work of 78 artists interpreting each card to make a complete tarot deck.



There is also a reception at Bows and Arrows in Sacramento, CA on Friday, Apr 5th from 6 – 9 pm, which will feature a presentation on tarot by David Shoemaker of Living Thelema and College of Thelema of Northern California.

“Join us for the reception of The Tarot Show, which will feature each card in the Tarot deck made by a different artist.

David Shoemaker, psychologist and past master of the Sacramento chapter of the Ordo Templi Orientis, will also be giving a short lecture on the symbolism of the Tarot on April 5 during the reception. In addition, printed Tarot decks featuring the exhibited artwork will be for sale.

This event is free and all ages!” [via]

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]

Book launch for The Kabbalah, Magick, & Thelema. Selected Writings, Volume II of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral)

Book launch for The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings, Volume II that brings together a rich collection of writing by Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral) will happen in Sacramento, CA on Wed, Jul 11 at 8:30pm in the Soror Meral building and in Oakland, CA on Thu, Jul 26th at 7:30pm in the Bay Area Thelemic Temple.

“Join us at our Sacramento and East Bay campuses for refreshments, book signings, and selected readings from the book! Limited copies of both Seckler books (as well as the Jane Wolfe Cefalu Diaries) will be on hand for purchase and signing. (NOTE: The Sacramento event will take place immediately following the already-scheduled COTNC class on the date above.) Watch for announcements of launch events in other cities in the coming months.”