OSOGD at PantheaCon 2019

As in years past, the OSOGD will be hosting a hospitality suite at PantheaCon this year, namely in Room 1060 of the Doubletree San Jose. This year our suite features an intimate ritual held on Saturday (Feb. 16, 2019) at 6:30pm, titled Saturn and the End of the Matter, in which we will invoke the Lord of Limits to face these days of change. Also, on Sunday (Feb. 17, 2019) at 11:00pm, we will be providing 0=0 Neophyte initiations into the Order of the Golden Dawn using the Pagan version of our ritual (in the Cedar/Pine room at the DoubleTree San Jose).

Friday and Saturday evenings after 8pm join us for refreshment and respite. On Sunday evening, we will open the suite after we return from our PantheaCon ritual (see above). Rest in peace within our temple for Saturn, and celebrate the forthcoming Sunset of our Order in Autumn 2019 with drinks and stories in fond memorial as our barque slips into the horizon.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 (suite opens @6:30pm)

6:30pm-7:30pm: Refresh Your Godforms: Poise and Power w/Sr. HSPE (Workshop)
In Golden Dawn rituals, all participants are instructed to visualize themselves as a godform. But what exactly is a godform? How does it differ from a god? What is it good for? And how do you make it work for you? In this interactive workshop, participants will:
* Learn what godforms are in the Golden Dawn system, and what they are not,
* Practice putting on and taking off a godform, and
* Practice drawing on the godform to enhance their ritual poise.

8:00pm-1:00am: Wake the Spirits (Social)
Drink, laugh, sing, and cry with us as we recount the glories of days past and share that which binds the living and dead in community.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 (suite opens @2:30pm)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Altar Craft w/Sam Webster, PhD, M.Div, Mage (Workshop)
When serving the Gods and offering our devotions, work at the altar is one of our primary ways of cultivating our Divine relationships. Establishing the altar, making offerings, and performing our invocations are all in service to developing our connection and elevating our souls. We will look at ancient Greek and contemporary Tantric methods of altar work using the tools and symbols we have in our own culture.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Pentagrams and Hexagrams of the Golden Dawn w/Sr. HOSV (Workshop)
When you trace a pentagram, which point do you start from, and which direction do you go? How about hexagrams? The Golden Dawn system of pentagrams and hexagrams is a useful tool for elemental and planetary ritual. Come wave your arms at the walls with us as we practice drawing our lineal figures; take notes, or learn kinesthetically. We’ll also learn and perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, a foundational GD ritual for individual practice.

6:30pm-8:00pm: Saturn and the End of the Matter (Ritual)
We will be hosting this intimate ritual on Saturn’s-day in which we will invoke the Lord of Limits to face these days of change. Open to all Con attendees, but space is limited and we reserve the right to refuse entry. Please arrive promptly.

8:00pm-1am: Masquerade of the Lord of Misrule (Social)
Io Saturn! Join us in masked finery as we celebrate the chaotic and absurd with drinks, music, and bawdy laughs. Fancy dress encouraged!

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 (suite opens @2:30pm)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Theoricus Poker (Game)
Much like the game of Uno, Crazy 8s, or Liar’s Poker, but with a deck of tarot cards, Theoricus Poker is a game of luck and wit. Test your Qabbalistic correspondences and tarot interpretation skills against rival players to win a free tarot deck!

4:30pm-5:30pm: Contract Law Principles & Working with Spirits – Part II w/Fr. HGS (Workshop)
In a follow-up to his workshop last year, Frater HGS (Sam Lam) will continue his discussion on how to apply principles of contract law to working with spirits. Special attention will be paid to how agreements are to be enforced, review of famous magical pacts, and specific issues for drafting pacts within the Western occult and grimoire framework.

6:30pm-7:30pm: 0=0 Neophyte Ritual Discussion (Workshop)
Join members of the College of the Rose Cross to discuss godforms, symbolism, and energy work within the Neophyte Ritual, a cornerstone ritual within the magical practices of the Golden Dawn.

11:00pm-1:00am: PANTHEACON EVENT – Last Voyage on the Barque of Ra: 0=0 Initiations
We will provide initiations into the Golden Dawn, as time permits, using our Pagan rendering of the Neophyte (0=0) ritual. The event is scheduled to take place in the Cedar/Pine room at the DoubleTree San Jose. If you are interested in initiation, please come prepared with a motto (for a copy of the script, please read the Hall of the Neophyte ritual scripts available on the OSOGD Redactions of Classic Golden Dawn rituals page).

Sunset of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn

Effective on the Autumnal Equinox (i.e., in September) of 2019, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn will withdraw its Light from its Outer manifestation and no longer provide initiation, mentorship, education, or other services.  Although Adepts of the OSOGD may separately choose to teach the OSOGD system in their own capacity, the Order will no longer provide the foregoing services following the date of withdrawal.

Since 2001, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn has initiated and made Adepts of magicians from across the world, in pursuit of its goal to normalize Adeptship. It has succeeded in that goal in several respects, including through the public dissemination of its rituals and other materials, the initiation and advancement of aspirants through the OSOGD curriculum, and public and community efforts.  

However, the senior OSOGD membership has decided to redirect its work towards new endeavors and thus has chosen to place the First Order into abeyance with as much grace, intention, and deliberateness as possible.  As part of this transition, the OSOGD will seek to archive its materials to make them even more useful to future generations, who we hope will take these materials to create their own groups, practices, and systems.  We look forward to seeing those creations.

We thank you for allowing us the high honor of serving this community.

May what we have partaken bring us to the quintessence, the Great Work, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom, and Perfect Happiness.  So mote it be.

OSOGD at PantheaCon 2018

As in years past, the OSOGD will be hosting a hospitality suite at PantheaCon this year, namely in Room 1060 of the Doubletree San Jose.  We invite you to visit our suite for refreshments, rituals, and workshops. This year our suite features an intimate ritual held on Saturday (Feb. 17, 2018) at 6:30pm, titled Mars and the Drums of War, in which we will invoke the Lord of War to face these days of deep conflict.

Evenings after 8pm, let loose your inner warrior and join us for refreshment and respite. Energize your battle-worn body through quiet contemplation within our Martial altar room; or fill your drinking horn in raucous camaraderie in our social space, where bawdy songs and heroic tales may spontaneously erupt when the passion takes us.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 (suite opens at 6:30pm)

6:30pm-7:30pm: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (workshop)
We will discuss and demonstrate this fundamental ceremonial magick practice in an active workshop where a range of techniques and styles will be shared.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 (suite opens at 2:30pm)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Deity Possession, Preparation, Union, and Aftercare, w/Dr. Sam Webster (discussion)
Based on decades of experience and deep research into ancient theurgic writings, Sam Webster PhD, M.Div, will discuss the finer points of the possessory experience.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Fiery Compassion: Integrating Qigong with OSOGD Meditations, w/ Fr. ODL SW (workshop)
This participatory workshop incorporates standing and moving postures of Chinese Qigong energy work along with OSOGD meditation practices derived from esoteric Buddhism.

6:30pm-8:00pm: Mars and the Drums of War (ritual)
Controlled power, endurance, courage—these are of Mars. With Dike and Themis, Nemesis and Eris in His retinue, Mars comes to protect, to provide, and to prance. Come invoke, make offerings, and dance with The Warrior. In the depths of conflict, let us forge harmony.  All attendees are encouraged to wear red.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 (suite opens at 2:30pm)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Pacts with Spirits: Applying Contract Law to Spirit Work, w/ Fr. HGS (discussion)
Frater HGS, a practicing attorney, will lead a workshop discussion on how to apply principles of contract law when offering petitions to or entering into agreements with spirits.

4:30pm-5:30pm: Theoricus Poker (game)
Theoricus Poker is a variant of Liar’s Poker where the propositions are based on the astrological, Qabbalistic and elemental correspondences of the tarot. Winners each receive a complimentary tarot deck!

6:30pm-7:30pm: Reiki Healing Session (workshop)
All are welcome, regardless of experience level, to a group healing session led by initiates of traditional Usui-lineage Reiki.

The Golden Dawn Academy

Interested in learning the Golden Dawn system of magic?
Do you want to practice theurgy with the Open Source Order but live too far away?

Starting April 13, 2017, the OSOGD will be opening the doors of the Golden Dawn Academy, our new distance learning faculty using video conferencing to deliver ­lectures and practice coaching to students around the world.

Classes will be conducted on ­Thursday nights, 7:30pm Pacific time.

First Class: The Golden Dawn Curriculum as taught by the Open Source ­Order: ­theurgically focused, non-Yahwistic, Thelemically inflected, and Buddhist informed.

For more information and updates click here

This Is The Golden Dawn, Not That

The recent election in the USA, the Brexit vote in the UK, and the rise of nationalistic and racially divisive politics around the world have invoked the worst in many people and places, and the magical world is no different.

Generally, magical orders such as the Golden Dawn and the OTO refrain from political commentary as being “worldly” and unconnected with a man or woman’s spiritual quest. In the OSOGD, it has always been our stated policy that within the Lodge, one’s personal politics, like one’s personal religious beliefs, are none of the Order’s business. In this we follow the long standing tradition of Freemasonry. We are all brothers and sisters under the Rose.

But such a position also requires we, as an Order, and our leaders, as its spokespersons, refrain from entering into political frays under the banner of the Order. In our formative years, there were some who wanted the Order to adopt a policy of progressive social activism, similar to groups such as Reclaiming. In the end, this approach was rejected. As such, we have never promoted or denounced any political party or figure officially. And we will not break that tradition, even now.

As an Order we decided years ago to refrain from any more “witch wars” with the Golden Dawn group referred to below. They are quite welcome to pursue their path without commentary from us. We certainly have no quarrel with the OTO, and in fact we share a ritual space with a local OTO oasis. But now, we find on social media posts like this:

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We cannot let this go unanswered. We must speak up so the world knows that THE Golden Dawn Community, as in the vast majority of dedicated students of Magic, belonging to scores of Lodges and groups under the banner of the Order, do NOT subscribe to hate, to bigotry, to prejudice, and have no desire to drag their organizations through the muck of the current political atmosphere. Again, the beliefs of our individual members are none of the Order’s business, and unlike that one particular group’s leader, we would never presume to use the resources of the Order, or the mantle of spiritual leadership, to promote our personal political beliefs.

We all have our work to do, to build a better society and better world, and if the Golden Dawn has a place in that endeavor, it is to produce more and better Adepts, who will go forth in the world and do their Will, with Equanimity, Loving-kindness, Compassion and Joy. We ask that we not ALL be judged by the inappropriate and incendiary words of what is a small, if loud, minority of the followers of the Golden Dawn Tradition.

Signed,
The First Adept and the Areopagus Council of the OSOGD

Not Our Golden Dawn

In light of the news from Greece this week about the attack on a refugee camp (as well as recent issues in the U.S.), we re-post this statement condemning *that other* Greek Golden Dawn and their racist acts and words. Our Golden Dawn magickal current is not connected with that group in any way, and our Order actively opposes their views and actions.

From September, 2013:

“The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn stands against racism and intolerance. Our Golden Dawn tradition stems from a magickal Order begun in Victorian-era England, and we are not in any way aligned with the racist, and arguably fascist, Golden Dawn political organization of Greece (The People’s Association – Golden Dawn, Greek: Λαϊκός Σύνδεσμος – Χρυσή Αυγή), which has been in the news recently. We are a constitutional democratic institution and reject authoritarianism in its fascistic or other forms. We accept applications for membership from all sincere applicants who are local to an OSOGD Lodge, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, physical abilities, ancestry, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation.”

OSOGD September Events

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn celebrated its Autumnal Equinox September 16 – 18. And each day was packed with esoteric excitement.

Friday, 9/16/16, Frater QES held a wonderful repast at Arcadia. It was an informal affair, with a good group of us engaged in esoterically tinged and generally fantabulistic conversations.

Saturday, 9/17/16, was a fully packed day, which kicked off at 11am with more socializing, this time at our usual location for the Neophyte Hall. After socializing, came a round of business meetings + productive discussions about how our Order may best function in the coming year. And then, after breaks for lunch + dinner, the Neophyte Hall itself, where Ra Hoor Khuit did indeed take his seat in the East. A new round of officers were installed, and congratulations to all of them!

Sunday, 9/18/16, was the big read-through + practice + co-creation, of our 2017 Pantheacon presentation, which I’m not sure I can mention by name here, but, it is on a theme near + dear to our Order members, + it promises to be a very elaborate + memorable presentation (+ hopefully someone will document it on video).

Meanwhile, yours truly, must sign off, this being my last column, as I’ve since relocated to the East Coast. But I thank everyone again for their well-wishes, + Frater CMS for that last great cake, and I will miss all of you, but I plan to stay active as you all know, and, more to be revealed.

In LVX,
Frater ODL JC

OSOGD in August

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly gathering on August 20, 2016.

The day’s events included a Practicus Advancement, Education Session, and a Hall of the Neophytes.

First up was the Practicus ceremony at 11am, or so. The new Practicus was none other than Frater QES, who had yet to undergo this ceremony, having been too busy previously with writing the Order’s rituals + his other projects. He acquitted himself most admirably, as you’d imagine. Congrats, Frater QES!

And then, at 3, the Education Session. Conducted by our new Practicus, Frater QES, this class continued to explore his more personal approaches to the Golden Dawn energetic work, including an intriguing segment on energetic/aura healing. Great stuff, and further such explorations are forthcoming, so come on by next time!

And finally, the Neophyte Hall, wherein we initiated a new member, Soror KT! The ceremony went quite smoothly, and our new Soror was well-prepared. And a big bonus, she’s an excellent dessert chef, as demonstrated at our post-ritual repast! Congrats Soror, and we welcome you aboard our Solar Boat.

OSOGD July Happenings

On July 16, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly gathering, consisting of an Education Session and Neophyte Hall.

The Education Session kicked off at 3pm, and was conducted by Frater QES, on “The Works of Fire”. Our dear Frater went over basic and more advanced practices for the body-energy and posture work we do during our Golden Dawn rituals. The session was quite well-attended + inspirational, from what I hear. Thank you Frater QES!

The Hall of the Neophytes launched at 7:30, as usual. A big night, with 2 new initiates + 2 guests. The ceremony + initiations went smoothly, and we successfully initiated Frater FTP + Frater PE. Congrats + welcome aboard!

In LVX,
Fr. ODL JC