Changing Pattern of Events
We are experimenting with making some of our educational events combined in-person and online events. Please bear with us as we get the hang of this new approach! For further details, check the information under each event listing.
July and August:
Ever since the Renaissance, the system of Kabbalah, with its roots in Jewish mysticism, exerts a strong influence on Western esotericism, including Thelema. The symbolic diagram known as the Tree of Life, which serves as a focal point for the system of correspondences in Western Esotericism since Eliphas Levi, is one of the most important elements of the Hermetic Kabbalah.
Who is Baphomet? The Knights Templar were accused of worshipping him; Eliphas Lévi famously depicted him in one of his books; Aleister Crowley took Baphomet as his magical name when he became the Head of the British OTO; and Frieda Harris painted him on two Thoth tarot atus: as The Fool and as The Devil. An androgynous mix of human and animal, Baphomet was both maligned as an image of something sinister and glorified as a symbol of an adept. We will look into the question of Baphomet's possible origins in pre-Islamic Arabic or North African folk religion. We will also look into the Occult Revival of the late 19th Century, where Baphomet was promoted as a symbol of social liberation and socialism. And of course, we will consider his role in the Thelemic pantheon. Join us for a talk and discussion to explore this fascinating figure.
Open to members and guests. Thelemic jam band meets the second Sunday of each month in a studio in Burnaby, 7-9 pm. Instruments and mikes are permanently set up for jamming or bring your own. We cover songs with a Thelemic theme. We take turns playing instruments and singing. A drummer please step to the front of the queue! Just singing back up is fine if you want to be low key. Email the Lodgemaster to be put in touch with with the organizer for access info!
Open to members. Testing, testing, 123! Our primary focus in this section is memorization of essentials, to support your future studies and practices. Thelema is syncretic, and as you know, that means there's a lot to learn. The subjects we'll focus on will typically be the same as those covered in concurrent public events. We'll also get a chance to further discuss and just hang out. Not, strictly speaking, only for Minervals. Meant for those who will attend regularly. Send in an email to get scheduling information.
If an event is open to the public, you are very welcome to attend. Our events are free. We welcome people from anywhere across Canada or the world. Send us a message asking for the event access info. We recommend that you do so at least 24 hours in advance; this is not absolutely required, but makes it much more likely that you will get the access info in time.
For videochat events, we do ask that attendees keep their camera on for at least the first 15 or so minutes, and sign in using a name that we will recognize--simply tell us ahead of time if you plan to use a different one.
You know yourself best--if you need to, please set up an event reminder for any events you plan to attend. If you ask for access information and then can't make it to an event, no worries; feel free to ask again for future events.
To learn more about how to join a meeting on Zoom, you can watch this video.
See also OTO Canada Events for online events across Canada, and occasionally highlighted international events. See USGL Local Body Public Events for online events across the USA. And explore OTO International to find online events across the world.