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.