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

OSOGD Activities of June 2016

On June 18, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly soiree, featuring an Educational Session followed by the Hall of the Neophytes.

The 3pm Educational Session was conducted by our ever-resourceful Fr. HOSV, this time speaking on the Tattwas as used by the Golden Dawn for meditation. From all reports it was a well-attended + informative affair.

The 7:30pm Hall was also quite successful, we initiated 2 new Sorors, congratulations to them! And we also had 2 guests, both of whom we enjoyed meeting and who appear to be interested in joining the Order.

Then yesterday evening, June 25th, Frater QES hosted a farewell party for Fr. IP + his wife at Arkadia. It was fun + well attended, with lots of excellent food + drink. And hats off to our Grill Master, Sr. LAAR, for the great BBQ action!

OSOGD Doings May 2016

 
The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn once again convened – on May 21, 2016 – for its monthly Education Session and Neophyte Hall.

“Meditation” was the topic of the 3pm Education Session. Specifically, the OSOGD Grade Meditations. The presentation was delivered by Frater QES, and was fun, informative, and well-attended, by all reports. Thank you, Frater QES.

And then, the Neophyte Hall kicked off just a few minutes later than usual, but otherwise went very smoothly. We did a Sandalphon working, and everyone had a memorable experience. We also had the honor + privilege of having a guest that evening, whom we all enjoyed meeting, and who apparently enjoyed the Hall as he’s officially applied for initiation.

Afterwards was our usual round of food, beverage, and conversation, during which Frater IP announced that he + his wife would be moving to Portland in July. We are happy for both of them, but they will also be missed.

In LVX,
Frater NNV
 

OSOGD activities for April 2016

On April 16, 2016, the Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn held its monthly conclave, aka the Opening of the Hall of the Neophytes. The event was well-attended – including 2 honored guests who have applied for membership and who we all enjoyed meeting – and the energy and ceremony flowed especially well for a first ceremony with the new floor officers.

Earlier in the day we had an Educational Session on the LBRP, presented by our ever-energetic + insight-laden Frater QES, where we all were inspired to go further in our practice of this core, Golden Dawn ritual. Thank you, Frater QES.

 

OSOGD happenings – March 2016

And so it ’twas, that Ra-Hoor-Khuit once again took his seat in the East in our recent Vernal Equinox ceremony, on March 19, 2016 at BATT in Oakland, CA. There were no additional initiations, nor was there a separate education session, just this one important ceremony. Yes, there was a changing of the guard, as you may have surmised from previous OSOGD notices. The new floor officers are:

Hierophant – Fr. HGS
Hegemon – Fr. SVP
Hiereus – FR. NNV
Kerux – Sr. A
Dadouchos – Fr. IH
Stolistes – Fr. CMS
Sentinel – Sr. E

The ceremony was fairly flawlessly executed, + some powerful energies were experienced by various participants. Oh, + the wine + food were even more outstanding than usual, thanks to all who contributed!

The following day, Fr. QES held a small + informal gathering at Arkadia. Philosophical topics were discussed, wines quaffed, + meats expertly grilled (by the ever talented Sr. A), + duly consumed (along with tasty side dishes). Thanks Fr. QES for hosting! A wonderful time was had by all.

And that’s all he wrote,
for now.

Fr. NNV
3/26/16

OSOGD – February 2016 activities

The Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn had an action-packed February, from which I’ve just now recovered enough to write this blog entry.

Pantheacon happened from 2/12 – 2/15. Another great edition of this preeminent pagan festival, filled with inspiring workshops, powerful rituals, and a full-spectrum of socializing, from mild to wild. A good many of us attended, and the OSOGD Hospitality Suite was as busy as, if not busier than, ever. Soror EUOM took charge of food + drink, while Sr. A handled the suite programming – a huge thanks to both Sorors, and everybody else who helped out with making our suite a success! We hosted a few outside presentations, in addition to various members providing I Ching readings (Fr. MSS), Theoricus Poker (Fr. IP), a workshop on our Buddhist practices (Fr. HOSV), + more which I’ve undoubtedly missed here (actually, everything is listed in the post preceding this one…). Lots of great conversations were had, + connections made, over wine + other consumables. The nights of the Green Fairy Party were crazed as usual, + our suite provided a highly social but more focused “overflow area”, in addition to staying open later than the wild fairies themselves!

Our ritual for Selene was very successful (lots of great feedback from audience members), well-attended, and we all felt her lunar energies filling the room. Thanks again to everyone who participated in + helped to organize the ritual, especially Frater HOSV + Soror Audax in the leading roles.

Fr. QES was definitely missed, but we also were proud that he was receiving his PhD across the pond, while we were enjoying the pagan lifestyle in San Jose. Congratz again, Frater QES!

And then, because too much is never enough, just 5 days later, on 2/20, it was time for our monthly shindig, this time a trifecta: an Advancement, an Education Session, and the Hall of the Neophytes.

We advanced Soror IP to Zelator in a ceremony well-performed by both the Order, and our new Zelator. Congratz, Soror IP!

Our Education Session was a debriefing – led by Fr. HOSV – of our Pantheacon ritual. We all brainstormed what worked, what didn’t (very little of that actually), and we came up with some good ideas for next year.

Finally, the Neophyte Hall itself went off without a hitch, and instead of an initiation, we performed an involved + enlightening “farewell” ritual to our Rite of Selene. Some members once again experienced the mystical presence of Luna’s energies, and everyone was moved in some significant way.

And now, on to our equinoctial changing of the guard in March!

Your GD reporter,

Fr. NNV

3/2/16

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