Presentations

Presentation

Presenter

The Feast of BABALON

Megan Schulze

Fraternal Unity: The Committee of Four and the Pursuit of Harmony

Frater Puck

Liber DCCCXIII vel Ararita: An interactive reading and meditation

Bob Stein and Lisa Faulkner

Liber XXXI and Liber CCXX, Liber L, The Book of the Law

Bob Stein

Low Magick: Redeeming the Better Demons of Your Nature

Lon Milo DuQuette

Minerval Colloquium

Various

One Reed: Quetzalcoatl and the Unity of Sacrifice

Craig Berry

Orphic Initiation: Unity Nethermost Showed

Frater Hippokleides

The O.T.O. I° Initiation: History, Development and Parallels

Richard Kaczynski

OTO Memories

Constance DuQuette

Practical Presentation of the Eleusinian Rites

Jon Sewell

Promulgation Strategies

Joseph Thiebes

The Pyramid and the Oasis

Dionysius Rogers

The Sigillum Dei: Æmæth

Colin Campbell

Sense of Unity: A Discourse on Sacred Geometry

Soror 207

Slaying the Slaves of Because – A Pathway of Responsibility

Soror Saffir

Thelema, Crowley, and the Yi King

Steven Ryan

Unity: The Microcosm & Macrocosm

Molly Ware and Tina Buchanan

We Are One!!! We are None!!!: The Rite of Jupiter and the Art of Wine

Frater Hunahpu and Soror Ixel Balamke

Presentation Descriptions

The Feast of BABALON
Megan Schulze
not tyled from 11am - 12:30pm on Saturday

The Feast of BABALON is a rite that delves into the origins and nature of the entity of BABALON; from biblical and Assyrian representations to modern Thelema. The purpose of this rite is to invoke that nature in ourselves as we set out in this incarnation to accomplish our collective and individual Great Work.

Fraternal Unity: The Committee of Four and the Pursuit of Harmony
Frater Puck
tyled to 0° from 10am - 11am on Saturday

Can a Fraternal Order, founded on Thelema, with each member pursuing their own individual Will, be as harmonious a tapestry as Liber 194 suggests? Of course it can! But, there may be challenges! We shall discuss the nature and purpose of the Committee of Four within the Fifth Degree of Our august Order. From the arrangement of social gatherings, to the composition of disputes among Brethren through tact and friendliness, our comprehensive review will cover the methods and purposes of the Committee of Four, and how Brethren can best utilize this resource at their local bodies. An effort will be made to coordinate with any Committee members from other Chapters within USGL that are present at NOTOCON to participate in a panel discussion, and possibly the overall presentation, as well. Soror Ta-Khaa-en-Nu and I, having both served since 2000 EV on the Committee of Four at Tahuti Chapter R&C in the Valley of New York City, will present.

Liber DCCCXIII vel Ararita: An interactive reading and meditation
Bob Stein and Lisa Faulkner
not tyled from 8 am - 9:30 am on Sunday

Ararita is a liber organized to show the Ain and the Sephiroth. The book is full of symbolism. After an introduction, an interactive dramatic reading by fourteen (hopefully, at least) people present will include the Tree of Life planetary and sephirothic symbolism, both positive and negative. For those interested, a discussion of the reading, the nature of the text, or both may follow.

Liber XXXI and Liber CCXX, Liber L, The Book of the Law
Bob Stein
not tyled from 1:30pm - 2:30pm on Saturday

Crowley strived to have an unequivocal ultimate source book for Thelema. However, the Book of the Law has several variations that may affect an initiate’s individual interpretation. The history of the editions published during Crowley’s lifetime show the changes. The importance of the manuscript is emphasized. Please bring a copy of Liber AL that includes both the manuscript and the typeset version.

Low Magick: Redeeming the Better Demons of Your Nature
Sun, 1:30pm - 2:30pm in Monterey I, II, III [?]
Lon Milo DuQuette
not tyled from 1:30pm - 2:30pm on Sunday

Low magick brings out the worst in you.... and that's exactly what it's supposed to do!

Drop the Guilt! Why wait? You'll never be high enough to be ready for "Low Magick" so why not start now! If you can't find the light in the darkness you'll never be able to find it anywhere.

Come and enjoy Archbishop DuQuette's tales of curses, conjurations, exorcisms and ecstasies... he might even sing a song or two (just to tame the evil spirits).

Minerval Colloquium
Fri, 10am - 5pm in Phoenix [?]
Facilitated by Kim Knight
Tyled to: Minerval and above

Cost: $30, lunch is provided

This is an optional Friday event which can be selected during the registration process.

All initiates of the Minerval Degree or higher are welcome as some well known initiates share their views on symbolism, tell us stories, share their experiences and present new ideas on topics pertaining to the Minerval Degree. This day is aimed at those who are recent Minervals, but it is bound to be exciting and interesting to all.

Minerval Colloquium Schedule

Minerval Colloquium Schedule

Time

Presentation

10:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions – Kim Knight

10:30 AM

Symbolism – Richard Kaczynski

11:00 AM

11:30 AM

Hospitality – Beth Kimbell

12:00 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

Symbolism – Bob Stein

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

Fraternal Dilemma – Joseph Thiebes

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

Everything I Needed to Know I learned at My Minerval – Kim Knight

3:30 PM

It’s all in the Minerval – Lon Milo DuQuette

4:00 PM

One Reed: Quetzalcoatl and the Unity of Sacrifice
Craig Berry
not tyled from 10:30 am - 11:30 am on Sunday

Sacrifice has a bad reputation. From the agony of Christ on the cross to the blood-soaked pyramids of ancient Mexico, countless cultures have believed that only sacrifices of death and pain could please the Gods. But we, as Thelemites, are called upon to sacrifice life and joy. How can we reconcile these ideas of sacrifice into a coherent whole? Join us as we explore the singular nature of sacrifice in all its aeonic guises, with the Aztec legend of Quetzalcoatl Ce Acatl Topiltzin as our guiding star.

Orphic Initiation: Unity Nethermost Showed
Frater Hippokleides
not tyled from 9 am - 10 am on Sunday

The unity required for strength involves not just external unity among separate individuals, but internal unity within oneself – the integration of the various parts of our lives and the roles that we play in different contexts. Orpheus, a Saint of the Gnostic Catholic Church, is familiar primarily as the archetypal poet and musician of Greek mythology, and as the founder of the initiatory mysteries of the Orphics; the story of his descent to the underworld to retrieve his beloved wife Eurydice after her death is well known. An examination of the figure of Orpheus as shown through surviving Greek texts, however, shows that Orpheus had many different roles and performed many different functions: he was poet, magician, mystic, warrior, and lover, among other things. This workshop will show that the source of his power over the underworld, and the kernel of the Orphic mysteries, was the successful integration and alignment of these multiple functions; we will also consider how the lessons of Orphic initiation can be applied to our own lives.

The O.T.O. I° Initiation: History, Development and Parallels
Richard Kaczynski
tyled to I° from 10am - 11am on Saturday

Following up on his NOTOCON VI presentation on the development of the Minerval degree over the years since its first draft, Dr. Kaczynski will examine the O.T.O. I° initiation ceremony; from its earliest drafts, to revisions in Crowley’s hand, to the ceremony as it is performed today. From deleted passages to minute word changes, no stone will be left unturned. In addition, we will review many striking similarities to historical versions of Blue Lodge Entered Apprentice (I°) rituals that were available in Crowley’s day, and which served as a model for what he wrote; this will also allow us to identify and scrutinize the unique elements that Crowley added to the ritual. Tyled to the First Degree.

O.T.O. Memories
Sun, 8:30 am - 9:30 am in Dallas [?]
Constance DuQuette
not tyled from 8:30 am - 9:30 am on Sunday

Fun, Family, Fraternity, and an almost normal life! Joyful picture memories of Heru-ra-ha’s early days – With Constance Jean DuQuette

Practical Presentation of the Eleusinian Rites
Jon Sewell
not tyled from 11:30am - 12:30pm on Saturday

This workshop will present a brief history of the Eleusinian Mysteries in antiquity and the re-emergence of these mysteries under Crowley’s direction in 1910 EV, before delving into the practical aspects of production of the Rites. Topics covered will include interpretation of the manuscripts, theater and casting resources, managing volunteers, the use of music and theatrical arts, and the magical impact these Rites can have on individuals and communities.

Promulgation Strategies
Joseph Thiebes
not tyled from 3pm - 4pm on Saturday

One central purpose of O.T.O. is to promulgate and establish The Law of Thelema. This task unites us in fraternity and forms the driving force behind most of our activities, from initiation and Mass to publishing efforts. Promulgation as Crowley describes it, however, is much more than simply waiting for wandering occultists to find us. In this presentation, Brother Thiebes will discuss emerging strategies and various obstacles to promulgating the Law of Thelema. Bring your own ideas & observations to share, and take home new ideas for spreading the Word.

The Pyramid and the Oasis
Dionysius Rogers
tyled to III° from 8:30am - 10am on Saturday

Master Magicians attending this ritual session will receive practical information on the usefulness of Crowley’s A∴A∴ ritual Liber Pyramidos for O.T.O. initiates. A pertinent Eucharist will be celebrated, and prospective communicants are encouraged to undertake a modest fast beforehand. Tyled to the Third Degree.

The Sigillum Dei: Æmæth
Colin Campbell
not tyled from 4:30pm - 5:30pm on Saturday

The Sigullum Dei: Æmæth is one of the most well-known esoteric symbols in Western occultism. Its precise, geometric arrangement coupled with equally strange and unpronounceable names has fascinated students of the occult for years, yet relatively few are aware of its origins and method of construction. In this presentation, Brother Colin will analyze the construction of the sigil, which is based entirely on letters formed by two planetary “magic squares”, thus allowing us to determine the set of names for the angelic “Children of Light”. We shall also see that Dee actually made mistakes in defining the angels on the sigil, and will correct these.

Consideration of the divine names that surround the sigil will reveal the definition of a complete, powerful, and practical system of angelic planetary magick. The nature of this system and its attributes will be discussed at length. Finally, we shall posit a reformation of the sigil using the defined pattern and (somewhat) more correct squares.

Sense of Unity: A Discourse on Sacred Geometry
Soror 207
not tyled from 4:30pm - 5:30pm on Saturday

A discourse on Sacred Geometry and Architecture and an examination of the Astral Cathedral or Eucharistic Edifice as a blueprint for the manifestation of the Temple on Earth. This presentation explores sacred geometry in architecture and how that applies to the function of sacred space.

Slaying the Slaves of Because – A Pathway of Responsibility
Soror Saffir
not tyled from 1:30pm - 2:30pm on Saturday

Self Responsibility is knowing yourself to be the Creative Causal Principle in your life. More than just a catchy self-help phrase and also more than just a portion of Point One of the O.T.O.’s Value Statement, it is a pathway to the HGA. It is an integral part of the journey of initiation. A simple and yet difficult idea to grasp and follow through on, it touches all areas of our lives both Magickal and Mundane. Knowing yourself to be the Creative Causal Principle in your life gives you the power to “cause change in conformity with Will.” In this workshop I will share with you 20 years of research and trial and error. I will point you to a number of places in our core texts that speak to it directly. Most importantly, I will show you the methods I have developed to integrate this into your life and‘ “To what end?”

Thelema, Crowley, and the Yi King
Steven Ryan
not tyled from 11:30am - 12:30pm on Saturday

The divination system Crowley is most associated with is the tarot; however, it was the Yi King that he used the most, and his work equating it with the Tree of Life was his greatest accomplishment. Crowley once said if had a few more years to live he would spend 100 of them studying the Yi King. We will discuss why this was so. After a very brief introduction to the Yi King, this intermediate class will cover the Thelemic concepts that permeate the hexagrams, and Crowley’s work with it. The HGA, the magician, K&C, and of course Will, will be demonstrated through the hexagrams. Using slides and film clips showing Crowley’s unique methods of casting we will cover probabilities and possible ways that the system works, and the ritual use of the hexagrams. Going beyond a mere reading of auspicious or not, or a snapshot in time, the hexagrams can reveal a six step process; changing lines the future; and nuclear trigrams the origins. We will also examine its placement on the Tree of Life, the expression of time, and the meaning and purpose of the trigrams. We will also cover the Chinese cosmology or what Legge called a farrago of nonsense and refused to cover in his well known book.

Unity: The Microcosm & Macrocosm
Molly Ware and Tina Buchanan
not tyled from 3pm - 4pm on Saturday

Unity starts from the center. This presentation will focus on unity emanating from the Master of the local body. The Master sets the tone of unity within the local body. This philosophy is carried from the Master (microcosm) out to the entire Order (macrocosm). Sisters Molly and Tina will discuss their relationship as Bodymaster and Deputy Master and how they emanate unity within their local body. The presentation will cover scheduling local events and sticking with them, dealing with drama queens and bringing in new members. Unity is required for all of these to be successful. The last 20 minutes will be open for Q & A.

We Are One!!! We are None!!!: The Rite of Jupiter and the Art of Wine
Frater Hunahpu and Soror Ixel Balamke
tyled to III° from 1:30pm - 2:30pm on Saturday

We will examine the Rite of Jupiter and the art of making wine while tasting a variety of the finest local wines. This will be a unique wine tasting experience. The Rite of Jupiter demonstrates a knowledge of the initiatory mysteries of making wine within the sublime poetry which we will reveal while showing its more modern sister industry. We will enjoy some of the rare local wines usually only available at the winery or to a select few individuals, and will also share our tips for wine touring. This should be a magical experience. We will feature 6 wines this time; thus the price of $40. This is limited to 40 individuals and is tyled to the Third Degree.

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