Happy New Year!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Greeting of the spring Equinox, and best wishes as we enter into the 114th year of the New Aeon, Anno Viv! This year is signified by Atu IV: The Emperor.

This past year at Black Sun Lodge has been filled with many events and constant, positive change. And this year shall continue the traditions of excellence and growth for us as well! As you can see, we’ve recently completely redone our website, allowing for greater flexibility and communication on our end, and convenience on yours. We’re really proud of the the new site!

We’ve had the honor of hosting a number of events from out of town brethren, and this year will prove no different. Check out Sister Lynn’s upcoming class on Magick & The Japanese Tea ceremony in April! This is a unique and awesome look at an ancient tradition, and how it can be brought into western ceremonial practices.

We’ll also be rolling out some new classes, both at the Lodge and online. Watch for announcements here and on our social media sites in the coming weeks!

As always, Black Sun Lodge is a community, and we can’t be successful without each and every individual and what they bring to the community. I can’t appreciate enough the Stars that come to us to celebrate Life, Light, Love, and Liberty. Whether you come to us interested in community, initiation, or spiritual practices, you have a home here at Black Sun; a home made by you!

Bright blessings for the year!

Love is the law, love under will.

In The Bonds Of The Order,

NDRW
Master, Black Sun Lodge

The Three Pillars of Black Sun Lodge

☉ 4° ♉:☽ 12° ♈: Ann Ⅴⅰⅰⅰ

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Belated greetings of the New Year! Once again, Black Sun Lodge has been busy, as you no doubt can see from our calendar!

I’ve recently been ranting at members and other body masters in the region about the three pillars of every O.T.O. body. I present them in no particular order of importance, and the opinions are strictly my own.

The first of these is the Mysteria Mystica Maxima (M.’.M.’.M.’.), which is the pillar of Initiation. Here, our members become Seekers after the Hidden Wisdom, and explore the Mysteries of O.T.O. From these rituals and the seeds planted in the initiate as a result of them, Seekers learn a new and fascinating way to live life to the fullest, in the present, and without fear of death. Initiates may take on leadership roles in the Lodge, or in the Order itself. Working through the initiatory system of M.’.M.’.M.’. may be of interest to members of the community, or it might not. If it is your will to explore the Mysteries, we offer the tools and lessons in M.’.M.’.M.’.

The second pillar of every O.T.O. body is our ecclesiastical arm, Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.). This is the religious arm of O.T.O. Here exists those who wish to serve our congregation, as well as the congregation itself. There is no Church without a congregation, and to us, serving them is the primary duty of every Priest, Priestess, Deacon, Novice, and Child. We serve through regular celebration of the Gnostic Mass, as well as through our rites of Baptism and Confirmation, the administering to the sick, Last Rites, and other sacraments. I truly believe that there is a call to service in our system, and for those that heed that call, the E.G.C.’s Novitiate program offers an excellent training regimen into service.

The third, and in my opinion, most important pillar, is the community of Black Sun Lodge itself. This is everyone, from the leaders, initiators, and clergy, to the initiates, congregation, visitors, and welcome guests. This is the central pillar of the three pillars model, and it is what holds Black Sun Lodge together. It is all of us. We sustain Black Sun. We make it grow. When we prosper, Black Sun prospers, and vice versa. The community is the light that shines forth. It is the not-so-secret center. The community of Black Sun comes together to celebrate, to learn, to socialize, and to serve. The community drives our volunteer services through our Agapé In Action program. We get together to share meals, stories, and fellowship regularly at the Lodge. And the best part about this important pillar is that it’s so easy to be a part of. Just showing up to events, getting acquainted, and hanging out at Black Sun makes you a part of the community. Volunteering for service, or teaching a class, or bringing a dish to a potluck brings you closer to our community. You may never have interest in the other two pillars of Black Sun, and that’s fine. Not everyone wants to initiate or take part in the religious aspects. We are first and foremost a community, and we invite you to become a part of this great community of individuals that make up Black Sun Lodge, and celebrate your will amongst those that will support you in the way of your going.

Love is the law, love under will.

In The Bonds Of The Order,

NDRW

Master, Black Sun Lodge

What A Year It’s Been!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I’m writing this, almost a year after my previous post, overwhelmed and happily exhausted. What a year it’s been indeed! Moving into the new 5,000 square foot space; building a whole new kitchen, dais, steps, and loads more; hosting Advanced Initiator Training; performing Minerval, I, II, III, IV, and PI within the first six months; welcoming guests from out of town; and most recently, being elevated back to Lodge status! Quite a year, indeed. Here’s some raw numbers:

Number of Gnostic Masses performed in 2015: 30
Number of Baptisms: 11
Number of Confirmations: 8
Number of initiations performed: 29
Number of classes help: 80
Local dues-paying members: 41

These numbers are incredible! Thank you all for making it such an exciting year!

You’d think we’d be resting on our laurels for 2016, but you’d be incorrect in that assumption! We have a lot of plans coming up, including visits from acclaimed Thelemic authors, more classes and lectures, opening our own book shop, and, of course, Black Sun Lodge’s 25th Anniversary!

We are also beginning a program of community outreach, helping those in need in the Cleveland area. Over the past winter, we ran a fundraiser for the Cleveland Food Bank. As you can see, we’ve raised over $700, well over our goal of $500. There will be more chances for folks from Black Sun to give to the community through the efforts of our recently assembled Community Outreach Committee. Stay tuned for more information on that!

We can’t do this without the generous support of our friends, initiates, and guests. So thank you for all your continued support and love. And we look forward to seeing you this year at Black Sun Lodge!

Love is the law, love under will.

Andrew

8/31/2015

August 31st, 2015 e.v. / Anno Vi Sun in 8°Virgo, Moon in 10°Aries

This Month At Black Sun (September 2015 e.v.) 

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Tuesday, September 1, 7-9 pm: Meet & Greet West Side

Erie Island Coffee 19300 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116

Interested in the O.T.O.? Would you like to find out more about the Gnostic Mass? At this event, we’ll be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Please note that this meeting is required before being invited to future events, and does not automatically denote association or membership to O.T.O. To help figure out who we are, look for a red Book of the Law on the table.

Wednesday, September 2, 6-7 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form.

Thursday, September 3, 7-9 pm: Speech in the Silence Podcast Listening Party

Bring a snack and join us as we listen to episode 60 of the Speech in the Silence podcast at the temple.

Friday, September 4, 7-9 pm: Cake of Light Bake Off

Come learn how to make cakes of light. If you have a charged cookie bring that as well. Recipes will be available, supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. There will be a $5 fee for this event.

Saturday, September 5, 4:15-6 pm: Public Gnostic Mass

Come celebrate Life, Light, Love and Liberty! Please arrive no later than 4:15 pm. The Mass will start promptly at 5 pm. All confirmed members should wear their Confirmation robe. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 6, 12-2 pm: Mass Rehearsal

A rehearsal and breakdown of LIber XV for those currently performing and interested in performing the gnostic mass. 

Sunday, September 6, 2-3 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form. 

Wednesday, September 9, 6-7 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form. 

Saturday, September 12, All Day: Temple Closed / Degree Advancement

Sunday, September 13, 12-2 pm: The Stelé of Revealing

A lecture covering the Stelé of Revealing. Price is $5 per person.

Sunday, September 13, 2-3 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form. 

Wednesday, September 16, 6-7 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form. 

Sunday, September 20, 2-3 pm: Yoga

Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form. 

Tuesday, September 23, 7-9 pm: Meet & Greet – East Side 

Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH

Interested in the O.T.O.? Would you like to find out more about the Gnostic Mass? At this event, we’ll be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Please note that this meeting is required before being invited to future events, and does not automatically denote association or membership to O.T.O. To help figure out who we are, look for a red Book of the Law on the table. 

Friday, September 25 6-9pm: Friday Night Tarot Salon

Our monthly salon where we discuss a tarot card at a time. Enjoy wine, hookah, and Tarot! $5 for non-foundational members and guests.

Saturday, September 26 All Day: Private Event / Temple Closed

Sunday, September 27, 1:15-3 pm: Public Gnostic Mass

Come celebrate Life, Light, Love and Liberty! Please arrive no later than 1:15 pm. The Mass will start promptly at 3 pm. All confirmed members should wear their Confirmation robe. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 27, 4:30-6:30 pm: Business Meeting

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

7/4/2015

7/4/2015 ☉ in 12°, ☽ in 15°♒: Vi

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

This Month at Black Sun

Except where noted, these events are at our temple and are free, and open to the public.

Wedsday, July 1, 6-7 pm: Yoga
Join Black Sun for an hour of yoga! Price is $10 per person. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothes. If you have not attended yoga classes at Black Sun before, please show up a few minutes early to fill out a brief intake form.

Sunday, July 5, 2-3 pm: Yoga
See description above

Sunday July 5, 4-5 pm: Officer Installation Ritual
This coming Sunday, July 5th, we’ll be formally installing our new Secretary at 4pm. Please arrive no later than 3:30pm. This event is open to Iº and higher. Please RSVP to rsvp@blacksun93.org no later than Friday, 7/3 @ 5pm.

Tuesday, July 7, 7-9 pm: Meet & Greet West Side
Erie Island Coffee, 19300 Detroit Ave, Rocky River, OH
Interested in the O.T.O.? Would you like to find out more about the Gnostic Mass? At this event, we’ll be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Please note that this meeting is required before being invited to future events, and does not automatically denote association or membership to O.T.O. To help figure out who we are, look for a red Book of the Law on the table.

Wednesday, July 8, 6-7 pm: Yoga
See description above

Saturday, July 11: Private Event (temple closed)

Sunday, July 12, 2-3 pm: Yoga
See description above

Sunday, July 12, 5-7 pm: The Thelemic Calendar
A basic explanation of the Calendar and how the movement of the earth relates tot he seasonal progression of the year. Designed to help people break out of their Gregorian paradigm to think about the purpose of calendars and to see how the Thelemic calendar is an improvement.

Monday, July 13, 7-9 pm: Magick Monday
We continue our work through Donald M. Kraig’s “Modern Magick”, focusing on the Air Dagger creation and consecration chapters currently.

Wednesday, July 15, 6-7 pm: Yoga
See description above

Thursday, July 16, 7-9 pm: Practical Thelema
A discussion of thelemic topics and their relation to daily life. This month’s topic is “On the Education of Children”

Saturday, July 18, 4:15-6 pm: Public Gnostic Mass
Come celebrate Life, Light, Love and Liberty! Please arrive no later than 4:15 pm. The Mass will start promptly at 5 pm. All confirmed members should wear their Confirmation robe. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 18, 6:30-7:30 pm: Astrology
An introductory course in astrology.

Sunday, July 19, 12-2 pm: Mass Rehearsal
Rehearsal and discussion of the mass for those who are or are interested in performing the mass.

Sunday, July 19, 2-3 pm: Yoga
See description above

Wednesday, July 22, 7-9 pm: Meet & Greet East Side
Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH
Interested in the O.T.O.? Would you like to find out more about the Gnostic Mass? At this event, we’ll be happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Please note that this meeting is required before being invited to future events, and does not automatically denote association or membership to O.T.O. To help figure out who we are, look for a red Book of the Law on the table.

Saturday, July 25, 1-8 pm: Degree Initiation
This is a private/restricted event.

Sunday, July 26, 2:15-4 pm: Public Gnostic Mass
Come celebrate Life, Light, Love and Liberty! Please arrive no later than 2:15 pm. The Mass will start promptly at 3 pm. All confirmed members should wear their Confirmation robe. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 29 6-7 pm: Yoga
See description above

Friday, July 31 7-9pm: Friday Night Tarot Salon
Our monthly salon where we discuss a tarot card at a time. Enjoy wine, hookah, and Tarot! $5 for non-foundational members and guests.

Love is the law, love under will.

6/10/2015

6/10/2015 ☉ 19° ♊ : ☽ 4° ♈ : Ⅴⅰ

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Apologies for the silence as of late. We have been doing so many things at Black Sun! Please stop by at our new location if you haven’t already. We’d love to see you!

Black Sun Oasis
11934 Lorain Rd. Suite 2
Cleveland, OH 44111

Love is the law, love under will.

Support Black Sun!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

As some of you may know, Black Sun Oasis has recently acquired a large new space, and we will be cleaning and beginning to move things over to the new space at the beginning of next month.  We will need to do a build-out on the kitchen, we need to get new curtain supports for the Mass altar and there are several things that need to be repaired before we can make the space workable for our needs.

With this mind, we would like to set up a fund-raising effort to offset the extra expenses associated with the move.  If it be your Will to help us in this effort, we would appreciate any help you are willing to give.  In the spirit of livening it up, we thought it would be fun to run the fundraiser like public television does, and offer fun gifts as a thank you for your support. One of our brothers has designed a logo for this effort and we are offering limited edition items with this logo incorporated for different levels of giving, as described below:

$25-$49 – your choice of a die-cut pin or a canvas tote bag.

$50-$74 – your choice of a travel mug  or a T-Shirt.

$75-$99 – a messenger bag

$100 -$124 – a “swag bag” consisting of all three of the above options.

$125 and above – a “swag bag” plus your name engraved on a plaque that will be displayed in a prominent place in our new temple space.

Any contribution below $25 will be acknowledged by letter of thanks from the officers at Black Sun Oasis.  This letter will also accompany all of the above mentioned gifts.

We are looking to run the fundraiser through the end of April, so if you would like to make a series of smaller donations from now until then, the donations will accumulate to the level you have reached at the end.  For instance, if you contribute $5 this month and $20 next month, you would get your choice of a pin or a tote.  This applies all the way up to the highest level we have set.

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful support!

Love is the law, love under will.

2014 ev & The Future!

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

As we come to the end of 2014, I’m looking back over this past year filled with wonder and amazement.

Black Sun Oasis has accomplished so much in this short trip around the Sun. Membership has increased, our finances have stabilized, and we are able to offer members more. We’ve done a bunch of initiations, classes, and rituals. Members have volunteered their time to construct and improve temple furniture and equipment, and so much more.

2014 introduced a new Magick Monday class, where members are learning the art and craft of magical ritual, as well as Practical Thelema, where attendees read Crowley’s writings on the philosophical and practical sides of Thelema and discuss how to implement it into our daily lives.

This year, we began a marketing campaign that doubled as outreach into the Northeast Ohio area, and I’m happy to say we are seeing the fruits of our labors in both merchandise sales and community awareness.

In 2015, we’re planning much, much more. We’ll be adding more monthly classes to the calendar on a variety of subjects, such as Astrology and Enochian Magick.  We’re also adding a weekly Yoga session to the calendar, which we’re very excited about. Additionally, we’ll be scheduling Gnostic Mass rehearsals for current and aspiring EGC Novices. For dates on these and the events mentioned above, please see our calendar.

This success would be impossible without our community of men and women who dedicate themselves, their time, and their donations to helping us grow. I thank each and every one of you for all that you do.

I’d also like to thank our three Foundational members, who voluntarily pay higher monthly dues in order insure our monthly costs get covered. In return, they will be able to enjoy a number of new benefits that are explained further in the new treasury policies section on the website. If you are interested in becoming a Foundational member, or if you’d like more information, please contact the Treasurer at treasurer@blacksun93.org

2014 was an amazing year. With your help, 2015 will bring further growth and prosperity to Black Sun Oasis. May 2015 bring you the same.

Love is the law, love under will.

The Fool & The Hierophant

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Today is April 1st, 2014 era vulgaris, April Fools Day. By the Thelemic calendar, it is also the year of the Fool, in the cycle of the Hierophant.

The Fool, to me, represents the courage to start along a path. It is the card of initiation, of throwing caution to the wind and seeing where life takes us. It feels pretty appropriate, being a newish Body Master, that my first full year be the year of the Fool.

The Hierophant is the bringer of the Logos to man, the cosmic delivery agent of the Word. This is, to me, the cycle in which we bring the word of the Law to the people.

So, like the Fool I am, I’m beginning a new project based upon outreach to our region, and I’ve convinced other Body Masters in the midwest to at least consider doing the same for their regions. I call the outreach program “Project Hierophant”. The goal is finding new ways to promulgate the Law. Some may call what we’re doing marketing, but I like the idea that we’re educating, not selling, the ideas of Thelema to all who ask. We’re beginning with identification, with T shirts and business cards announcing our existence to the world at large. I also ask folks who have been curious about OTO and Thelema, or who once came around, to come to a Meet & Greet in your area, celebrate a Gnostic Mass, and see what the Order has to offer. Check out our local and regional calendars for dates and times, join our Facebook and Meetup communities to discuss the OTO and our system, or email me with questions.

Our system and beliefs, although based upon occult teachings, travel far beyond the world of the mystical. Paramount to Thelema are ideals of universal freedom, liberty, and rights of humanity. As Aleister Crowley writes in his essay “Duty”:

“Each being is, exactly as you are, the sole centre of a Universe in no wise identical with, or even assimilable to, your own. The impersonal Universe of ‘Nature’ is only an abstraction, approximately true, of the factors which it is convenient to regard as common to all. The Universe of another is therefore necessarily unknown to, and unknowable by, you; but it induces currents of energy in yours by determining in part your reactions. Use men and women, therefore, with the absolute respect due to inviolable standards of measurement; verify your own observations by comparison with similar judgements made by them; and, studying the methods which determine their failure or success, acquire for yourself the wit and skill required to cope with your own problems.”

Love is the law, love under will.

Jugis

The Thelemic Holy Season

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Each of the twenty-two days of the Thelemic Holy Season (March 20-April 10), the time from the Spring Equinox through the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of The Law, is attributed to one of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which are then also attributed to a tarot card and a chapter in our Holy Books.
I’ve created a public Google Calendar for each of these days, with their corresponding Hebrew letter, Tarot card, and Holy Book here:
I will be setting up Skype session each evening at 8pm on non-event days so we can read and share the experience of the Holy Season. This will culminate to the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law on April 8th, 9th, and 10th, where we will be meeting at the Temple each evening to share a potluck meal, read one of the Chapters, and toast to the Aeon!
I hope you’ll get a chance to join me in this wonderful time of year.
Love is the law, love under will.