An Introduction and Plans!

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

I would first like to thank Brother Ron for his years of service as Body Master of Black Sun Oasis. His hard work is a true inspiration, and I hope I can continue in it.

When I took my Iº in 2009, I took on the magical motto “Jugis Incrementum”, that is, “Continued Growth”. This, to me, is my core philosophy in everything that I do. If it does not allow me to grow in some way, then it needs to be re-evaluated. The same, in my opinion, goes for the Black Sun Community. As such, I am planning some changes and upgrades to the Black Sun Temple during my tenure as Master. Here are some things we’ll be working on in the near future:

  • Rebuild Temple furniture
  • Hold 2 public Masses per month
  • Offer more workshops, rituals, and lectures for those interested
  • Creating outreach programs that go beyond our local community
  • Work with Masters in the region to formalize communication and scheduling

These are just scratches on the surface for what I think Black Sun Oasis can achieve. I will be working with our members in developing the Black Sun community and further transforming the Oasis into not just a place where our Brothers and Sisters can go to learn and grow, but a true place that they can call a home.

These plans will take work, and it can’t happen without your continued support. We need folks to step up and help each other out. We need to come together and help each other achieve our goals, both personally and in the community.

I have been meeting with individual dues-current Brothers and Sisters outside of the Temple to discuss what they want out of Black Sun, and what they want to put into it. If I have not yet met with you, rest assured that I will be getting in touch with you soon. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me at master@blacksun93.org

Continued Growth takes a lot of work, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in accomplishing the Great Work.

Love is the law, love under will.

Jugis Incrementum

Several Seasons – 2013

As I look back over the past months, I realize that I have been terrible at keeping up with my reporting about our activities and accomplishments. I will do my best to sum up each of the three quarters from this year so that we will be caught up to where we are in time and space. My apologies for the extreme delay in sharing Black Sun’s portion of the journey!

Winter 2013

During the month of January, we were pretty busy with our Work. We performed a Gnostic Mass on the first weekend. As per always, it is always a pleasure to share our central ritual with our brethren and guests, and it marks a good start of the vulgar year to begin it so. We had a brilliant discussion about Sacred Geometry that melted a few minds (in a good way) on the second weekend followed by Second degree initiations the same weekend. Our initiations have always recharged me, and having the opportunity to provide this experience for our Brothers and Sister was a powerful and beautiful experience. The fourth weekend of January was the beginning of a slightly new, but altogether awesome experience. We have decided to undertake performing the rituals that have been identified as the “Roots of Thelema” and the first of these we performed was a Mithraic Liturgy. This ritual was a whole new experience for us and gave us all some interesting perspective. Also the tauroctony painted by one of our local artists (and later welcome Guest) was positively awesome. We are indeed very lucky to have such a great group of magicians at Black Sun.

The second weekend of the month of February witnessed the Third degree initiation of one of our dear Sisters. She managed to raise herself up to perform our public Gnostic Mass the very next day! What a Master she has become! On the fourth weekend, we initiated a few Guests into the Order and welcome their involvement and participation. As with all journeys, theirs began with a single step, and we hope that in time, they will find themselves where they intended to be.

Ahh, March! The month of our year-end and year-beginning. The Work continued as we performed the Gnostic Mass on the first weekend. The second weekend was a very mixed one emotionally for us, as a couple of us made the journey to West Virginia to celebrate the Greater Feast of a beloved Brother and brilliant Man and magician. We were very fortunate to have known Brother J.S., and I am sure I speak for all of us when I say that we wish him the greatest of adventures on the next journey. He will be remembered with great fondness and missed for our not having had enough time with him. On the third weekend, we held a discussion about the Minerval initiation for those initiates who were interested in a more broad and ranging conversation about the degree. We held an Equinox Ritual and Feast to celebrate the Vernal Equinox and the start of our new year on the fourth weekend. It was a great thing to celebrate with Brothers and Sisters, Guests, and guests. That marked the end of Winter for us, which was a busy and intense season us all.

Spring 2013

We celebrated our public Gnostic Mass on the first Saturday of the month and followed it up with a celebration of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law which was followed by a Feast. As a part of our celebration, the city of Cleveland was inadvertently sprinkled with the ashes of a Book of the Law that we ritually burned for the event. I am sure the energy that we stirred up that day within ourselves was echoed in the glorious windstorm that made the burning of the pages more difficult as well as the “sharing” of them with the city at large. The third Monday of April began a journey for several members and guests of Black Sun as our Brother and Deputy Master organized a “Magick Monday” gathering to discuss and work through various Thelemic rituals, magick, and practices. This group has met almost every month, once a month, and the participants have all shared what a great experience it is for them. Kudos to you all, and keep up the good Work! We performed First degree initiations on the fourth weekend and brought two Men and Brothers into our Order. I hope that they find their journey within our system to be as rewarding and glorious as I have.

The month of May began with a Gnostic Mass on the second weekend of the month to allow for our Meet & Greet (held on the first Tuesday of every month) to happen before it. During the following week, Magick Mondays had its second meeting and the Black Sun Book Club had its first meeting and discussion. This group was also organized by our dear Brother and Deputy Master to discuss Thelemic texts in a group setting. Again, brilliant Work! A Chapter meeting was held in our Temple during the third weekend with a meet and greet for the local members on Saturday evening. Thank you to the membership of Black Sun Oasis for allowing Ouarda Chapter the use of its space. An Initiator Training was held on the fourth weekend and several Brothers and Sisters took the opportunity to explore our initiatory system’s processes and procedures in more depth. A meet and greet was held on Saturday evening for members of Black Sun to meet and get acquainted with two of our S.G.I.G./Bishops. Again, thank you to Black Sun’s members for the use of the Temple for this weekend of instruction.

The month of June started with a bang as one of our Brothers received his KEW initiation and three other brethren received their Fourth and P.I. initiations. The annihilation was a success, and our Sisters and Brother have completed their journey in the Man of Earth initiations. Their journeys are by no means over, but the initiations have reached their conclusion with Fire and Glory! Both S.G.I.G./Bishops in town for these initiations met with the local membership on Sunday before their flight home. A public Gnostic Mass was celebrated on the second weekend. On the third weekend, our second batch of Minerval initiations of the year was performed where we welcomed two new Guests into our Order. The third weekend of June started a new pattern for Black Sun Oasis with a second, private Gnostic Mass to be performed each month. This gives members interested in serving our community in the roles of the Mass an opportunity to learn and experience them before they perform publicly. This also gives our membership the opportunity to participate in a second Mass each month, so it is a win on all counts! We celebrated the Solstice with a Feast that evening, and everyone enjoyed one another’s company and fraternity. Magick Monday and the Black Sun Book Club met during the following week, but due to inclement weather, our outing to go stargazing had to be cancelled. This brought the season of Spring to a close and delivered us into the warm nights of Summer.

Summer 2013

Our public Gnostic Mass was celebrated on the first weekend of July. A business meeting was held on the second weekend with a Minerval Roundtable discussion following on Saturday and a First degree Roundtable discussion on Sunday. These opportunities to explore and converse about our initiations have proved helpful and sometimes amazingly insightful for everyone participating. I look forward to continuing these discussions and expanding them to the other degrees of the Man of Earth as we go. Our private Gnostic Mass was celebrated on the third weekend followed by the Magick Monday gathering during the next week. Black Sun invited its members to join in a field trip to the Cleveland Art Museum on the fourth weekend. To round out the month, the Black Sun Book Club met during the last week of the month to continue their discussion of Thelemic texts.

The public Gnostic Mass was celebrated the second weekend of August (again, following the Meet and Greet held on the first Tuesday of the month). During the following week, the First Night of the Prophet and His Bride was celebrated among those who could be present and a Thelemic ladies night was held at a local coffee shop. The private Gnostic Mass was celebrated the third weekend and Black Sun was invited to present two different sessions at the annual Cleveland Pagan Pride Festival. I had the opportunity to speak to a few interested people about Liber Resh and to give a brief informational presentation about the O.T.O. It was good to get out and be a part of an event that celebrates so many different traditions. We appreciate being invited and look forward to working with the event again next year!

September began with a Gnostic Mass on the first weekend followed by Second degree initiations for a Brother and Sister. It always brings me such a sense of happiness and oddly, accomplishment to watch as my Brothers and Sisters move through our system of initiations. I have a great deal of respect for everyone who works their way through the whole system and does the work along the way to help themselves to evolve and change into the person that they want and Will to be. For this reason, Second degrees are a great place. As Magicians, they will prove themselves to themselves, and that is a beautiful thing. Several members of Black Sun traveled to the Chapter party in Indianapolis on the second weekend and the Work continued on the third weekend with three First degrees. Two Brothers and a Sister were brought into our Order, and I could not be happier for their inclusion. I love First degree and always have. I know that all three of them will be brilliant. Later that evening, we celebrated a Feast for the Autumnal Equinox with a great deal of food, fun, and fraternity shared by all who participated. A private Gnostic Mass was celebrated on Sunday of that weekend with Magick Monday following. That brought us to the close of Summer. So much growth and development is always a pleasure.

And Finally…

This will also bring to a close my tenure as Master of Black Sun Oasis. It has been such a brilliant journey over the past four years. We have grown, prospered, struggled, changed, and become in so many new, expected, and a fair few unexpected ways that I cannot thank my Brothers and Sisters enough for all that they have helped me to accomplish. We acquired a dedicated Temple space (and have been in it for almost three years at this point!), we have grown in numbers and support, and the fraternal bonds that we share with one another have been strengthened by our dedication to the Work that we do together. I will continue to serve Black Sun as an initiator as well as a Priest and for a time, I will serve as its Deputy Master. I cannot imagine delivering this local body that I have worked so hard to support into more capable hands. I wish nothing but the most glorious of futures for our Order, Black Sun, and all of its members, my Brothers and Sisters. I love you all. Thank you.

9/24/2013

9/24/2013 ☉ 2° ♎ : ☽ 7° ♊ : ⅠⅤⅹⅹⅰ

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

Happy Autumn Equinox from Black Sun Oasis! We’ve been very busy at the Lodge with may events, see the Calendar for our upcoming events. Also, Brother Ray’s notes from his Meditation lecture are available on the Materials page.

Love is the law, love under will.

3/26/2013

3/26/2013 ☉ in 6° ♈ : ☽ in 29° ♍ : Anno V a.n.

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

Happy Thelemic New Year from Black Sun Oasis! As you may know, the recent Vernal Equinox begins the Thelemic Holy Days, leading up to the Feast for the Three Days of The Writing of The Book of The Law. We hope these Holy Days offer a time for reflection, magick, and dedication to the Great Work in this, the final year of the current 22-year cycle. Welcome to the Universe.

Black Sun recently performed the Invocation of Horus ritual for the Equinox to commemorate the coming of the New Aeon. We also performed a drawing of the I-Ching, resulting in Trigram 41.

Love is the law, love under will.

1/30/2013

1/30/2013 ☉ in 11° ♒ : ☽ in 26° ♍ : Anno IVxx a.n.

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

As many of you may already know, the U.S. Executive Council adopted this as the official emblem of E.G.C. within the U.S. Grand Lodge of O.T.O.
What you might not know, however, is that is was designed by Black Sun’s own Frater Aei Aithês! Congratulations, Brother!

Love is the law, love under will.

Autumn 2012

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

While these updates seem to be slow in coming, Black Sun Oasis has been incredibly busy! During the month of September 2012, we met to discuss the Gnostic Mass, which is always one of my favorite topics. There are so many things to cover with that ritual that it could take days and days to do it justice, but we did our best. The following week we performed the Gnostic Mass where two of our Brothers S and J were Ordained Priests of the EGC. It was a beautiful ceremony and brilliant to see our Brothers receive this charge of service. It was also a pleasure to have Brother K in town to perform the Ordinations. A special thank you is also in order for Brother A and Sister L for assisting with such a beautiful ceremony not once, but twice! We also performed a set of IV* and P.I. initiations which were awesome as usual. It was great to have so many people in town and to have the opportunity to review and perform these initiations. Congratulations to all of the newly made Perfect Initiates! The month was brought to a close with another Gnostic Mass, the third for this month, performed with joy and beauty.

The month of October 2012 was started off with a Gnostic Mass on the second weekend and then we were off to the Ouarda Chapter party in at Theorte Ekstasis’ new temple space in the valley of Louisville, KY. It was a wonderful party and the bonds of fraternity were a delight to partake.

The month of November 2012 had us back to work in a big way. We started off the month with Minerval initiations for three local candidates. The next weekend we performed the Gnostic Mass and shared in the camaraderie of our fraternity. The next weekend Black Sun hosted a second sewing workshop for members interested in learning to sew. Simultaneously, we performed a Second degree initiation in our Sister Oasis’ valley at the temple of Sword and Serpent in Dayton, OH. Much appreciation to all who participated in these events and kept things moving on both fronts!

December 2012 started with a Gnostic Mass to commemorate the Prophet’s Greater Feast. After the Mass, we held a feast and celebrated Crowley’s life and accomplishments with fraternity and food. The next weekend, we performed First degree initiations. It is always a joyous time for me when we initiate people into the First degree. There is something beautiful and special about welcoming a person as a Sister or Brother. The next weekend was a celebration of the Winter Solstice as well as a couple of special ceremonies to accompany the hanging of some brilliant art in our temple. The first was an original ritual written my members of Black Sun to accompany the awesome artwork painted by a friend to personify Babalon. The ritual was amazing! There were 9 participants and another handful of observers. The ritual itself is posted in our Materials section under “Ritual for the Consecration and Placement of the Abomination of Desolation.” Participant’s comments and experiences will be added soon. A piece of cover art from Crowley’s Book of Thoth was beautifully framed by Brother T and was accompanied by a reading of Israfel. This is now also hanging in our temple. The evening was capped off with feasting and companionship.

As the year ended on our second year in a separate and sacred space, I could not be happier with our accomplishments. Black Sun Oasis has grown and changed so much over the last few years. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to help us achieve all that we have set out to accomplish. The rewards and accolades are as much yours as mine. Of course, there is always more to do. We have many projects still in the works, and I look forward to many more successes and triumphs as we move to our next part of the Great Work.

Love is the Law, Love under Will.

1/6/2013

1/6/2013 ☉ in 16° ♑ : ☽ in 5° ♏ : Anno IVxx a.n.

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

Those interested in taking Minerval Initiations need to have their applications in no later than Monday, January 21st 2013 ev. The Initiations are scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd ev. Please contact the secretary if you need an application, or have one to turn in.

Love is the law, love under will.

12/17/2012

12/17/2012 ☉ in 26° ♐ : ☽ in 26° ♒ : Anno IVxx a.n.

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

This past Saturday, December 15th, the Brothers and Sisters of Black Sun Oasis consecrated and hung a painting of Babalon by artist Jay Brown, by way of an original ritual written by Brethren of the Oasis. The ritual is available on the Materials page.

After a wonderful potluck feast, an unveiling of an important Icon in Thelemic history was unveiled and hung. We hope those visiting will get a chance to view and enjoy both these pieces! Afterward, the Brethren performed Liber Israfel. The evening wound down to much Fraternity and fun. A great way to celebrate the upcoming Solstice!

Love is the law, love under will.