Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The last few months have been a whirlwind sort of experience. We started the month of June off with a Second Degree initiation down at Sword and Serpent’s temple. It was a great beginning to the last few months and got the Thelemic energy flowing for everyone who attended.
The next weekend, we attended the Babalon Rising Festival where Black Sun members performed a Gnostic Mass to a congregation of more than 50 people. It was a very awesome and slightly overwhelming feeling. That is the largest group of people that we have had at a single Mass before which was fantastic. It was also good to be able to spend some time with fellow Thelemites for a few days.
Upon returning from Babalon Rising, we had a week off, but some of us were able to attend another initiation at Pyramid Lodge in Buffalo, NY. It was, as usual, wonderful to spend a little time with the Brethren there and to engage in brilliant conversation with them.
The following weekend was our celebration of the Summer Solstice. From what I have been told, there was a good turn out and much fraternal conversation and enjoyment of one another’s company was shared. This was also the weekend of the Centennial Celebration at William Blake Lodge. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend their event and participate in the festivities as we celebrated 100 years of Ordo Templi Orientis in the English speaking parts of the world. There were several brilliant parts of that weekend, and I thank all of WBL for their effort and energy!
The following weekend I spent in Chicago, IL for more initiation work. It was an amazing way to finish such a month of activity! I want to extend my deepest appreciation for everyone who put so much work into making this Work possible. I hope that I am able to live up to everyone’s expectations, especially my own!
The first weekend of the month of July was open which gave me a chance to catch my breath and sit down with my fellow officers to debrief on all of the things that had been happening over the last few weeks. Our break was short-lived though as we made the journey to join our Brothers in the valley of Pittsburgh, PA to participate in their Minerval initiations. These initiations were the first to be done in the valley of Pittsburgh in 10 years, and we were honored to be a part of them. I think it is safe to say that everyone who attended had a very memorable experience and the strength of our fraternal bonds was definitely strengthened through our working together to provide an awesome initiation for our newly-made Guests.
There was a great discussion of Liber O at the Black Sun temple the following weekend while I was again away. Brother JI wrote a new temple opening ritual and performed it for the first time. Meanwhile, I had the pleasure of performing the Gnostic Mass at Sword and Serpent Oasis on Saturday which was followed a fantastic evening of fraternity. Sunday I performed the Gnostic Mass again with the Brethren of Blue Equinox Oasis (twice!), which was again followed by a brilliant night of fraternity.
Soror NO started a Night of Nuit for women interested in the OTO to have an opportunity to sit down and talk with other women about their experiences in the Order. If there are any women interested in joining her for the next one, keep an eye out for it to be posted on our calendar and to be announced on the BlackSun93 e-list.
The next weekend we were back in our temple with a private Gnostic Mass. I was very happy to have our Brother AA serve as the Priest for the first time in quite a while. He did a great job, and I look forward to seeing him in the role many more times to come!
The second weekend of the month of August started out with a discussion about Liber LXV. This book is so full of passionate words of love and adoration that it was a joy to discuss it and share our thoughts on which verses spoke to us in particular. I am looking forward to the next discussion on one of our Holy Books!
We had a very informational discussion in Robe Design the following weekend. It was good to see so many people interested in learning a skill that will serve them in their future endeavors with the Order as well as their personal work, magical and mundane. I expect that after the next of Soror NO’s sewing classes that we will begin the Black Sun sewing shop and start working on putting some robes, banners, and other magical sewing projects in the works!
I had the opportunity to visit a few of our Brothers in West Virginia for a few days as well. It was very good to have some time to hang out and build stronger bonds of fraternity as well as get to see what they are working on building. I was and am very encouraged by their interest and devotion to the building of a local body in their state and the people they are attracting to our Work.
Our last temple event for the month of August was a very new and beautiful experience for many of us at Black Sun Oasis. We performed a Greater Feast Mass for the wife of one of our Brothers. It was the first time that we worked with this kind of celebration of the Gnostic Mass, and it was a very different one than I expected. The energy of the Mass was more subdued in many ways than it normally feels, but the intensity of the Work was still potent. The closing portion of the Greater Feast Mass was a very new experience for all who participated, but I think it gave us a real opportunity to see the nature and essence of the work that we do throughout our lives. The Greater Feast that followed was delicious and filled with much conversation about the life and Work of a woman few of us had met, but all of us felt much closer to through the reading of her poetry and the stories we heard of her life and time with our Brother. I wish that I had known her. She was a remarkable woman.
The next day, we attended the Cleveland Pagan Pride Days in Bedford, OH. I was not sure quite what to expect, but I was hopeful that things would go well. I was pleasantly surprised to be enthusiastically welcomed along with the other members of Black Sun Oasis. Our discussion about the OTO and our involvement and experiences with it was well received. Several great discussions followed with a few of the people who had attended, and we all had a great time participating in a community that we have silently belonged to for too long. I hope that this was the beginning of many more collaborations and shared experiences to come.
Over the next few months we have many more exciting events to come. In September, we have two Priest Ordinations, IV* and P.I. initiations, and a Minerval Roundtable discussion that will be tyled to Minerval. In mid-late October or maybe into November, we are planning a Gnostic Mass weekend that we are tentatively calling a Mass of Masses. The purpose of this weekend is to get people who are novitiates working on learning the Gnostic Mass to get together and have the opportunity to work with other people than they may have had the opportunity to work with before. I am hoping that we will be able to bring everyone who participates the opportunity to work with at least two ordained clergy at least once over the course of the weekend. I think this will be a great learning opportunity and the Masses will be taped for those who would like a copy of their performance to be sent to their Bishop.
So, I guess to sum it all up, this has been a very busy past few months for Black Sun. I expect that things will settle down a little as the summer comes to a close, but it is difficult to know for sure how anything will play out. I want to thank everyone who has helped me to make all of the things that we do possible. I also want to remind everyone that we are a 501c3 (nonprofit organization) and that any donations to our Work are tax deductible and very welcome! The work that we do is worthwhile and important, but it is by no means free and every bit helps. If you would like to make a donation to Black Sun Oasis, you can do so through PayPal to our account under firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also be updating the webpage with a link that will allow for you to enter in whatever amount you would like to donate. Thank you for your support!
Love is the Law, Love under Will.