The OSOGD at PantheaCon 2016

PantheaCon is held on Friday, February 12th through Monday, February 15th at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, CA, USA. For more information on PantheaCon, please visit: http://pantheacon.com/wordpress/

You are invited to meet the OSOGD at PantheaCon 2016 in our suite located in room 1060, and for our “Hymns to the Moon” ritual on Sunday, February 14th at 1:30pm in the San Jose/Santa Clara rooms.

Schedule of events in our suite:

Friday, February 12th, Suite hours: 5pm – 1am

7:00pm – Film Screening: The Pagan Path                                  

This insightful film gives a rare inside view of the rich and vibrant culture experienced by present-day Pagans and Witches.

 9:00pm – 1:00am – Lunar Libations                                                                             

Enjoy good company, libations, lively conversation, and chill space.  

Saturday, February 13th, Suite hours: 12pm -1am

1:00pm  – Theoricus Poker                                                                         

Theoricus Poker is a variant of Liar’s Poker where the propositions are based on the astrological, qabbalistic and elemental correspondences of the tarot.

 3:00pm  – I Ching for Magicians                                                                       

This presentation offers an introduction to the divinatory technique of the I Ching, providing the critical information you’ll need to quickly put the oracle to use in your magick.

5:00pm – I Ching Divinations with Frater MSS                                     

As a follow-up from his previous presentation, Frater MSS will consult the oracle and help you interpret the results in this live consultation session.

7:00pm – Introduction to Hymns to the Moon                                               

An introductory lecture about our “Hymns to the Moon” theurgic offering rite for the Greek Goddess Selene.

9:00pm – 1:00am – Lunar Libations                                                                              

Sunday, February 14th, Suite hours: 5pm – 1am

5:00pm – About the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn

Meet the OSOGD!  Bring your questions and hear about the studies and practices that comprise the OSOGD curriculum towards adeptship.

7:00pm – Four Immeasurables and Dissolution into Shunyata         

We will learn and perform two of the central Buddhist practices in the OSOGD, the Four Immeasurables and the Dissolution into Shunyata (or Void). 

9:00 – 1:00am – Lunar Libations                                                                             

OSOGD, January 2016. It Begins.

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn convened this past Saturday, January 16.

The Education Session was actually our first real rehearsal of the Lunar Pantheacon ritual, and it is shaping up to be a powerful event. Now, I need to find some silver + purple clothing!

Then, feeling adventurous, some of us tried a nearby Chinese restaurant for dinner. Pretty tasty, good service, nice value, + minimal (although some) stomach rumblings.

Then back to the Temple for 2016’s first Hall of the Neophytes. Without an initiation to perform, we instead focused on enhancing our understanding + practice of the Mystic Circumambulation, courtesy of insights + techniques provided by Fraters QES + HOSV. I think we definitely upped our game here, thank you very much Fraters!

As usual, food, wine, + socializing ended the affair, as the Barque set sail into 2016.

Fr. NNV

1/22/16

OSOGD Activities of December 2015

Once again, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn was busy on the third Saturday of the month.

On December 19, we enjoyed another Hall of the Neophytes, an Education Session, and an elemental Advancement, in our small but vital community, meeting in Oakland as usual.

First, the Advancement, wherein Frater CMS became officially attached to the Tree, moving up from Neophyte to Zelator. Congrats, Frater! Set-up for this ceremony commenced a bit after 10AM, main action starting just after 11. The Zelator advancement is our shortest such ritual, about 1.5 hrs, during which Frater CMS acquitted himself admirably.

After that, we broke for a long lunch, almost entirely Mexican this time. Then, we sat down for Fr. HOSV’s Education Session, this one devoted entirely to our upcoming ritual at Pantheacon. A lunar ritual, and it promises to be a doozy. Lots of inspiring content + ideas were shared by all, + I’m definitely looking forward to participating in it.

After this, a dinner journey to Vietnam, by way of East Oakland. Lots of Pho.

Then, back to set-up for Hall, which began on time at 7:30. There were no initiations, so we did a wonderful guided meditation, written + led by our Hierophant, Fr. HOSV. After that, more drinking + socializing, and then the inevitable group exodus.

Just 6 days later, Fr. QES held his annual Mithrasmas dinner at Arcadia. An awesome time had by all, about 20 OSOGD members feasting on salmon, a range of great side dishes + desserts, wine, beer, armagnac, and possibly more. Fr. QES was/is an impeccable salmon chef + host, giving us all gifts + a fascinating look at Mithraism’s unusual history + symbolic content. I had a great time talking with everyone, and the mood was quite festive. One of the best “Xmas” experiences I’ve ever had.

And that’s all for 2015, see you in the New Year!

Fr. Nun Nun Vitriol

OSOGD Video Day

Yesterday, 11/21/15, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its approximately annual Video Day at Arcadia.

While we sat around drinking beer, eating chips, salsa, + pineapple cake pastries, we watched 2 great flicks.

First, Walt Disney’s “Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land”, a 1959 mostly-animation explaining some of the sacred geometry + mathematics underlying the physical realm, without ever once using the word “sacred”, or even “mysterious”. Featuring one of the best math expositions ever on the pentagram.

Feeling nice + grounded after that, we proceeded to blast-off with Jodorowsky’s Mysterium Magnum Opus, “The Holy Mountain”. Most of those watching, who hadn’t seen it before, were generally left speechless, amid a few analytical murmurings. Those who had seen it, were treated to further revelations from this supreme celluloid gnosis.

Your reporter had to leave after that, but the others stayed for more food, + perhaps more film?

And, while I’m thinking about it, a good movie for next time might be Wojciech Has’ kabbalistic masterpiece, “The Saragossa Manuscript”.

And, a big thanks to Frater QES for hosting!

Frater NNV

11/22/15

 

 

OSOGD Activities of November 2015

This past Saturday – November 7, 2015 – the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held an earlier than usual Education Session and Neophyte Hall.

Frater HOSV conducted a stimulating workshop on Electional and Horary astrology. We were introduced to some core principles of both systems – touching on Al-Kindi, Agrippa, Iamblichus, and others – and everybody enjoyed learning about these different approaches to Western astrology.

Next up was dinner, most folks went for the Mexican (including a new place, and the Taco truck).

Then we set up for Hall, which started close to the usual 7:30. We initiated Frater LC – congratz, Frater! – into our merry ways, and he seems to have enjoyed it so far. The ceremony itself had more than several hiccups (including mine), but I’m sure these will be ironed out at our next Officer’s Training. At the end of Hall, during wine + food, an impromptu but thorough business meeting was held, in which we discussed the new increased dues structure, and various other things.

Additionally, the upcoming OSOGD video day was announced – November 21, 2pm @ Arcadia – so mark your calendars! It seems the program will include “Holy Mountain”, and possibly selections from Kenneth Anger’s “Magick Lantern Cycle”, along with a Donald Duck short.

And that’s the scoop,

Fr. NNV

11/12/15

OSOGD Activities of October 2015

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly gathering. Just the Educational Session + the Neophyte Hall, in stark contrast to September’s veritable explosion of activity, but much fun + profundity nonetheless.

Frater QES kicked off the day at 3:30 with an excellent talk in which he deconstructed the LBRP, giving historical + mathematical background material which greatly enriched everyone’s understanding of the Golden Dawn’s most fundamental (+ thus, perhaps, most important) ritual. Our Frater also gave an inspiring look at the process of working through Portal, and how it ties into the LBRP.

Then it was lunch at the Vietnamese place for the majority of attendees, where I ordered the Beef Stew and was underwhelmed, for the first time there.

Back to the Temple + we set up for Hall. We had one guest in attendance, who shall remain nameless, but whom everyone enjoyed meeting, + talking to, + who may become our next Neophyte Initiate. The Hall itself unfolded smoothly enough, but with some tiny hiccups (including by yours truly), as it was the first official Hall done by the new officers. But I’m sure next time will be completely smooth sailing! Meanwhile, we did an excellent group version of the Middle Pillar working + reaped the benefits of our collective mind, heart, and soul. Sadly, I missed most of the socializing afterward, but I suspect it was as lively as usual.

And that’s all he wrote,

Fr. NNV

10/19/15

 

Our San Francisco Ghost Hunt!

And a week later, on Saturday 9/26/15, some members of the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn gathered for Jim Fassbinder’s “San Francisco Ghost Hunt”. Mr. Fassbinder is a regular(?) on the Travel Channel’s show “Haunted Hotels”, and he’s run the Ghost Hunt for the last 17 years. He was full of highly detailed stories about various ghosts in the area of Lower Pacific Heights where we were walking. The tour started at the Queen Anne Hotel, which has been notoriously haunted for the last century, or so. Perhaps the most startling phenomena we encountered was a “haunted key” turning on the palm of Sr. TS’s hand, and thus apparently without any trickery (this happened while we were paused in front of one of the haunted houses, from which our host seems to have procured a key to the door of the woman who was murdered…).

Anyway, lots of fun, + on a spectacular full moon night!

Special thanks to Fr. IP for arranging this event (as well as the dinner which preceded it, at a nearby sushi place)!

Fr. NNV

9/30/15

OSOGD Activities of September 2015

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn had a lively Equinox weekend September 18 – 20.

Friday night, 9/18, we enjoyed an excellent dinner at Arkadia. The fabulous pasta, salads, + dessert were then followed by the OSOGD Talent Show. Some of our Order’s artisans displayed their creations: Sr. HKnA showed off her mystical jewelry; Sr. PEVV unfurled a delicious line of intricate weavings; and Fr. HOSV provided a selection of his handmade books for our perusal. And then, some of our Order members performed: Sr. R danced “The Sugarplum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker”; then, Sr. HKnA regaled us with a Scottish dance, “The Lilt”; Fr. QES followed with an a capella, + pagan, adaptation of “Locomotive Breath”, + a fine rendition of “Solsbury Hill”; Sr. TS then dazzled us all with her sensual, + sword-infused, belly-dancing; Fr. MSS was our entertaining MC for the evening, + additionally displayed strong guitar + vocal chops on his Led Zeppelin renditions; Sr. SN shared her ethnomusical talents (deftly accompanied by her husband Chris) by performing + singing the Sumatran Pants Dance, followed by “Shallow Brown”, a sea shanty call + response. And then, in a surprise, guest appearance, Fr. HWMK performed a haunting rendition of “The Long Black Veil”. In conclusion, our ad hoc iPhone orchestra jammed on interactive music apps, segueing from there into a general jam session also involving drums + guitars.

Much fun for all who attended.

Saturday, 9/19, we held a full day of Equinox activities at the Temple. At 11:00 AM, some of us gathered for coffee + pastries. At 12 Noon, we held our biannual Business Meeting, including reports from our Technipate and Grand Neophyte. At 1:00 PM we heard the State of the Order Address by our First Adept. At 3:00 PM we had a Mentor’s Meeting (addressing significant new features of the OSOGD educational process). At 5:00 PM, we had our Dinner Break, a 50-50 split between Mexican + Vietnamese. And finally, at 7:00 PM, we held our Autumnal Equinox Ritual, at which there was a drastic changing of the guard. In case you didn’t know, the incoming officers are:

Sentinel: Sr. TS
Dadouchos: Fr. CMS
Stolistes: Fr. IH
Kerux: Sr. PEVV
Hegemon: Fr. NNV
Hierus: Fr. SVP
Promagister Potissi: Sr. EUOM
Promagister Soli: Sr. LAAR

Finally, on Sunday 9/20, at Arkadia, Fr. QES hosted “an extended ritual to invoke Hermes Pantos Apolytos and activate His wrathful power to remove material and spiritual obstructions from our lives, based on the Tantric invocation” that he’s previously taught. This ritual was followed by dinner.

(+ there will probably be an update by someone who was there, on how things went)

Also, thanks for wading through a long blog entry, + I apologize for any mistakes I may have made in this humble report. Some editing might follow…

Fr. NNV

9/30/15

OSOGD Activities of August 2015

On Saturday, August 15, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn met for its monthly convocation and education session. Plus, an advancement.

The day started around 12 noon with the Philosophus advancement of your truly, Fr. NNV. Of the elemental advancements, this is definitely the longest (almost 2.5 hrs), and perhaps most dramatic. I am grateful to my fellow Officers, Sorors and Fraters, for making this happen. Having the group energy, and within the Golden Dawn lineage, is what makes being a member of the OSOGD so special.

After a brief respite for lunch (several of us went to Wing Stop), Fr. HOSV once more conducted one of his informative and entertaining educational sessions. This time it was an analysis of the similarities and differences in the ritual structures of the four elemental advancements (Zelator 1=10, Theoricus 2=9, Practicus 3=8, Philosophus 4=7). Everyone in attendance (around 10 of us) enjoyed a bunch of “aha moments” about the consistent logic and flow of these ceremonies. Clearly an appropriate choice after the Philosophus ceremony, and preceding our new Neophyte initiation!

After a leisurely dinner break (where most seemed to visit the Taco Truck, and then return to the Temple to eat + hang out), we all set up for the Neophyte Hall. We would be initiating a new Neophyte, Sr. E (congratulations, Soror!) and we were honored, as well, with a guest from the pagan community. The Hall and the Initiation went quite smoothly, followed by wine and food afterwards in celebration.

And finally, our Founder and First Adept also announced our upcoming Equinox festivities, which should make next month’s blog post all the merrier, and lengthier!

-Fr. NNV

08/17/15

OSOGD Activities of July 2015

On Saturday, 7/18/15, the OSOGD met once again for its monthly day/night of activities. Our program was another Educational Session, and then a Neophyte Hall, as we are wont to do.

Fr. HOSV again conducted the Educational Session, this time a class devoted to practicing and honing our ritual gestures. He started out by recounting how helpful his college Aikido classes have been in getting physically connected with these. Next, we each performed our version of a given gesture in front of the class, and received useful and humorous feedback from all Fraters + Sorors in the room. We covered a range of things, including: Standing, the Qabalistic Cross, Pentagrams, Sign(s) of the Enterer and of Silence, Signs made while circumambulating, Breathing, and, lastly, Voice Intonation for the QC.

Afterwards, half of us went Vietnamese for dinner, and there enjoyed some brainstorming over Pantheacon presentation ideas.

We then returned to the Temple and set up for Hall. Our working that night was an Invocation of the Choir of the Chayot ha’Qodesh, the angels present in Kether. The working seemed just as successful as our last invocation had been (for the Ophanim, in Chokmah). A number of people reported significant visions, a couple of those being (remarkably) quite similar to each other.

Afterwards, another fabulous bout of eating, drinking, and socializing ensued, before we had to call it quits for the evening.

Fr. NNV

7/20/15