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

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