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Rick's Picks: A Native Detroit Foodie's Guide to Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants around NOTOCON

Cross posted from richard_kaczyn ...

Between the Hyatt Regency and the Fairlane Mall across the street, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of NOTOCON. However, if you’re into gastrotourism (particularly for vegetarian-friendly places), here is a list of some of my favorite restaurants in the tri-country area. You’ll need a car to get to them, but they are all worth the trip. Business hours are taken from the businesses’ website, but you might want to call ahead to verify if you’re arriving early or late.

The following list is arranged according to distance from the NOTOCON hotel (Hyatt Regency Dearborn). Click here to see these restaurants in Google Maps.

* Pizza Papalis (1.4 miles, Chicago style pizza): Sorry Giordano’s, you may be the Windy City’s go-to place for Chicago style pizza, but the best Chicago style pizza I've ever had comes from across Lake Michigan, from Detroit's Pizza Papalis. Both have a similar buttery crust, but I prefer the Pizza Papalis sauce. My favorite is the Popeye (spinach and mushroom); I will most likely be bringing a frozen, half-baked one home on the plane. For lunch, they also offer individual-sized pizzas. (22022 Michigan Ave #B, Dearborn, MI 48124-2889, ph. 313-724-7722. Open from 10:30 am, closes 10 pm M–Th, 11 pm F & Sat, 9 pm on Sun. They also have a location in Greektown, see below).

* Middle eastern food in Dearborn (4.5 miles, Middle Eastern): Dearborn is home to the largest Middle-Eastern population outside of the Middle East, so it’s no surprise that this is the place to find the best Middle-Eastern restaurants in the U.S. There are way too many to pick just one, just cruise down Ford Road or Warren Avenue and take your pick. New Yasmeen Bakery also gets great reviews (13900 West Warren Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126-1455).

* Traffic Jam & Snug (10 miles, New American): Nestled between the main and medical campuses of Wayne State University, TJ’s (as the locals call it) serves creative and enjoyable food that is popular with faculty, students, and the crowd from nearby Orchestra Hall. Their Tex-Mex lentil burger is wonderful and hearty, but be sure to save room for desert: The Carlotta Chocolata is pure chocolate-espresso decadence. (511 W. Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201-1219, ph. 313-831-9470. Open daily from 11:00 am, closes 10:30 M–Th, midnight F & Sat, 8 pm Sun).

* Greektown (13 miles, Greek): Closer to the riverfront and in the midst of the “casino district” on Monroe Street is Detroit’s Greektown. Here you’ll find excellent Greek food; my personal favorite is New Parthenon, which has a big statue of Zeus in the foyer and Greek-themed murals painted on the walls. Best of all for you night owls and west coasters, the restaurants in Greektown are open late (547 Monroe St., Detroit, MI 48226, 313-963-8888. Hours 11 am – 3 am daily).

* Blue Nile (16 miles, Ethiopian): Washington, D.C., and its suburbs may be known for fine Ethiopian restaurants, but--having eaten at plenty of them--Ferndale’s “Blue Nile” remains at the top of my list. Their sampler plate is available in meat-free and with-meat versions (lower price on the meat-free option), and the tea here is spicy and wonderful (545 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220-1798, ph. 248-547-6699. Open for dinner 5–10 T–Th, 4–11 F & Sat, 3–9 Sun, closed M).

* Star of India (16 miles, Indian): Once located a half mile from my house in Royal Oak, this place has seen a lot of my dining dollars...and for good reason. Star of India has always been one of my favorite Indian restaurants. I also love Priya and Ashoka in Troy, but those are another 6-8 miles up the road. (180 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220-1759, ph. 248-546-5996. Hours not posted on website.)

* Sweet Lorraine’s Café (18 miles, New American): This moderately upscale restaurant has an inventive menu with a long list of daily specials, including several that are vegetarian. Their veggie hamburger is hands down the best I have ever had anywhere, but all their other dishes are likewise fabulous. Reservations recommended. (29101 Greenfield Road, Southfield, MI 48076, ph. 248-559-5985. 11 am – 10 pm M–Th, 11 am – 11 pm F, 8 am – 11 pm Sat, 8 am – 9:30 pm Sun)

* Café Muse (21 miles, breakfast/brunch, New American): One of the best breakfast places in the area, Café Muse is based on the concept of “comfort food with a twist.” Their grilled cheese has been praised by everyone from Esquire to Reader’s Digest, and none less than Oprah Winfrey declared theirs the best grilled cheese in America. Reservations recommended. (418 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067, ph. 248-544-4749. Breakfast/lunch daily 7:30 am – 3 pm, dinner T–Sat 5 pm – 10pm). One block away at 608 Washington is Pronto!, another favorite for brunch, sandwiches, or New American dining.

* Toast of Ferndale (21 miles, breakfast/brunch): This is another worthwhile destination for breakfast that is creative and anything but run-of-the-mill. There's often a line to get in, so reservations are recommended. (23144 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220-1341, ph. 248-398-0444). Also nearby is Om Café (23136 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220, 248-548-1941), a cozy and unpretentious vegetarian restaurant.

* Inn Season Café
(21 miles, vegetarian): Inn Season is arguably the best vegetarian restaurant in the area. Their menu also includes fish and additional daily specials. It was a few blocks from my house for twelve years, and I happily ate there often. (500 East 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067-2847), ph. 248-547-7916. Hours 11:30 am – 9 pm M–Th, 11:30 am – 9:30 pm F, noon – 9:30 pm Sat, Sun brunch 11 am – 3pm).

* Thai Bistro (23 miles, Thai): Outstanding Thai cuisine. Think all pad thai is the same? Thai Bistro’s is different from any that I have had anywhere else, and by far the best. Many of their menu selections can be prepared vegetarian or vegan. It’s a bit of a haul from Dearborn, but not too far from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (45620 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48187, 734-416-2122. Lunch M–F 11:30–2:30, dinner 5–9 M–Th, 5–10 F & Sat, closed Sun).

* Neehee’s (23 miles, Vegetarian Indian street food): This is a new place, and I tried it when I was last in Michigan. Neehee’s serves vegetarian Indian street food, which is something I've never seen before. I list it here because it’s unique and very inexpensive. The setup is like a Panera or Baja Fresh in that you place your order at the counter and pick up your meal when your number is called. There’s plenty of seating; it's not fancy, but great for a quick bite on the go. As with Thai Bistro next door, it’s a bit of a haul from the Hyatt Regency but not far from the airport. (45490 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48187-4723, ph. 734-737-9777. 11 am – 9:30 pm M-Th, 11 am – 10 pm F & Sat, 12 am – 8 pm Sun).

* Zingermann’s Delicatessen (40 miles, Deli, bakery, market): Are you the type of person who craves balsamic vinegars so rare that they are locked in a glass display case? Loves exotic cheeses that you won’t find in Whole Foods? Enjoys over-stuffed sandwiches served on artisan bread? From heirloom rice to gourmet moon pies, this is the deli to end all delis. If you’re a foodie, then this is the one place you have to visit while you're in town. They also do mail order, so you can have that balsamic vinegar shipped so it isn’t confiscated by TSA. (422 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, ph. 734-663-3354. Open daily 7 am – 10 pm).
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Infinite Stars Chapter Field Trip to Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Longwood Gardens Field Trip, Ritual and Tarot Trump Scavenger Hunt


hosted by Infinite Stars Chapter Rose Croix
Saturday, July 16, 2011

9:30am – 4pm

RAIN OR SHINE!

 

Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, an extravagant conservatory, a starlit theatre, fresh summer bounty, whimsical tree houses and thunderous fountains await you in magical Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by modern technology.

 

Infinite Stars Chapter welcomes you to an earthly manifestation of the sphere of beauty. This is a family-friendly event for OTO members and non-members alike. Be sure not to miss the impressive Italian Water Garden and delightful Children's Garden, a joy for all ages!

 

Cost:

$26 adults

$16 kids

Kids under 4 are free!

 

Pay at the Paypal links below or at a scheduled William Blake Lodge event.

 

The cost includes garden admission, continental breakfast and the Garden of Nemo aeythric ritual. Transportation and lunch are not included.

 

Refunds:

Full refunds for cancellations are available by July 11, 2011. We are unfortunately unable to extend refunds for cancellations received after this date (including no shows).

 

Schedule:

9:30am             Meet at main entrance for admission ticket. Don’t be late.

 

10:00am           Arrival and Continental Breakfast

                           Founder’s Room

 

10:30am           Orientation and the Garden of Nemo Aethyric Ritual

                           Founder’s Room

 

2:00pm           Informal Group Lunch

                         (Open seating, pay on own)

                         Terrace Restaurant

 

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Frater Puck

Sunset Resh at Manhattanhenge (8:25 PM)

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

Where: 42nd Street and Park Avenue (right outside the Mercury on Grand Central Station)

Manhattanhenge – sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice – is a semiannual occurrence in which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The term is derived from Stonehenge, at which the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices. It was popularized in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. It applies to those streets that follow the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, which are laid out in a grid offset 29.0 degrees from true east–west. (The 29.0 degrees should be added to true east and west, making the western bearing approximately 299.0 degrees.) During Manhattanhenge, an observer on one of the gridded east-west streets will see the sun setting over New Jersey directly opposite from the street, along its centerline.

Liber Resh vel Helios, by Aleister Crowley, comprises four daily adorations to the Sun, to be performed at dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight.

"The object of this practice is firstly to remind the aspirant at regular intervals of the Great Work; secondly, to bring him into conscious personal relation with the centre of our system; and thirdly, for advanced students, to make actual magical contact with the spiritual energy of the sun and thus to draw actual force from him." (A. Crowley, Confessions, p. 673)

http://www.thelemapedia.org/index.php/Liber_Resh
http://hermetic.com/crowley/libers/lib200.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattanhenge

Love is the law, love under will.

Fraternally,

Frater Puck


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Dear Sisters, Brothers, Guests, and friends:

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

We are pleased to announce that Black Sun Oasis will be visited by two very respected members of our Order. Brother richard_kaczyn and Sister kakurowski will be visiting us on the weekend of July 29 - 31, 2011 e.v.

The list of events for the weekend is as follows. Please be a the temple no later than the “arrive by” time listed for each event. The temple will be open on Saturday an hour before the first event and an hour after the last event. The temple will be open on Sunday an hour before the Gnostic Mass.

Friday, July 29

8:00 p.m. - Reception at Black Sun's Temple

Saturday, July 30

10:00 -11:00 a.m. (arrive by 9:45 a.m.) - The Role of the Priestess
A practical discussion on the role of the priestess. It includes a discussion of symbolism; personalizing the ritual; meditations for priestesses; relationships to other officers; dealing with burn-out, body image and other perils; and interacting with the congregation. (This class is open to initiates of the OTO only.) No fee will be charged for this class, but donations are appreciated.

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (arrive by 12:15 p.m.) - Perdurabo
Join biographer richard_kaczyn on an audience-led multimedia presentation on the colorful life and remarkable times of Aleister Crowley. Based on the revised and expanded edition of Richard's acclaimed book "Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley," it explores the facts and fallacies about the man who called himself "The Great Beast" and knocks down the straw man that the gutter press labeled "The Wickedest Man in the World." (Open to all) $20.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (arrive by 2:45 p.m.) - Ritual Construction
This class looks closely at the process of designing rituals. Among the topics discussed are ritual preparation, intent, overall structure, methods of raising energy, focusing of will and energy, magical journaling and application of the scientific method. Beginner to intermediate level. (Open to all) $20.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (arrive by 5:15 p.m.) - Gnostic Mass (Open to all)

Sunday, July 31

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (arrive by 10:45 a.m.) - Gnostic Mass (Open to all)

The fee for participation in these classes is as listed above. However, if you are planning to attend both the Perdurabo and Ritual
Construction classes, the price will be $35 for both. There will be no charge for participation in the Gnostic Mass, but contributions are always welcome.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by emailing our secretary@blacksun93.org so that we may plan accordingly.

Love is the Law, Love under Will.
Frater Puck

From Baphomet to Marlene Dietrich

Traversing the Boundless: Modes of Transgression and Transcending Duality-Frater Puck lecture & Potluck

When

Sat, July 9, 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Where

175 Essex Street, 2-1, Salem, MA 01970 (map)

Description

Traversing the Boundless: Modes of Transgression and Transcending Duality: From Baphomet to Marlene Dietrich
A brief discourse on methods of the exploration taboos, boundaries, and cognition itself, as intimated in Art, Culture and the Occult.

Frater Puck has been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis since January 9, 1994 EV, and has served as Treasurer of Tahuti Lodge in New York City (1995 EV – 2000 EV) and Master of Tahuti Lodge (2000 EV – 2005 EV). From 2000-2010 EV, he has been a member of the Membership Committee and Committee of Four of Tahuti Chapter R&C. He has been a Chartered Initiator and Ordained E.G.C. Priest since 1998 EV and is a Certified Initiator Trainer. He is currently a co-organizer and co-host of the OTO USGL Podcast, Thelema NOW!, and was a co-organizer and co-founder of the Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival, arranged under the Auspices of the OTO, bringing together Occultists and Musicians together as diverse as John Zorn & Bill Laswell, Genesis P-Orridge, Larkin Grimm and Daniel Higgs.

Open to the public.
$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

KTO Members $10 and a item for the potluck.

http://knightstemplar-oto.org/calendar/

Promotional Video:
http://tinyurl.com/665htek


Hammurabi

Official Liber CL Movie Trailer!!!

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

Aum. Ha. Studios, affiliated with Aum. Ha. Lodge O.T.O. in the Valley of Chicago is proud to present the first official trailer to "Liber CL: Meditations in Light, Life, Love; Liberty"!  Liber CL will premiere on August 8th, 2011 e.v. and be available for purchase at NOTOCON VIII in Detroit, MI as well as online at, http://www.aumha-oto.org/ Check it out!

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June 2011 William Blake Lodge Calrndar of Events

William Blake Lodge, O.T.O.
Calendar of Events
06/01/11

Website: http://www.williamblakeoto.org
Inquires: secretary@williamblakeoto.org
Phone: 248.885.9397

Unless otherwise indicated, all the following scheduled events take place at:
William Blake Lodge Temple:
208 South Pulaski St., Suite 5B
Baltimore, MD 21223

Members of the public may attend events listed as Open.
Only William Blake Lodge Members may attend events listed as Open to WBL Members.
Building access unavailable outside of event hours.


Thur. June 2, 2011: Aleister Crowley’s Magick: Liber ABA in Theory and Practice (Open to members; invitational to non-members)
Held at private residence. Please RSVP secretary@williamblakeoto.org for directions.
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission
This monthly gathering will work through the system of magick the way one of Aleister Crowley’s students might have, using the curriculum promoted by the Master himself.
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Wed. June 8, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Incense Making Workshop (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members; $5 materials fee for dues-current WBL members
Learn how to combine gums, herbs and woods to create your own incenses that add depth to ritual, use scents to awaken the higher mind and even allow a vehicle for entities to take shape. Magical correspondences will be discussed so you may custom-design scents for your own specific rituals. You’ll create some blends to take home.
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Sat. June 11, 2011: Minerval Initiations (Closed to 0º)
12:00pm officer/initiate arrival
5:30pm candidate arrival
Deadline for applications is May 5, 2011.
If you are neither a candidate nor an officer, there is a $5 contribution.
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Sun. June 12, 2011: IIº Initiations (Closed to IIº)
12:00pm officer/initiate arrival
2:30pm candidate arrival
Deadline for applications is May 5, 2011.
If you are neither a candidate nor an officer, there is a $5 contribution.
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Thur. June 16, 2011: The Middle Pillar Ritual (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$10 admission
Join us for a summer break Middle Pillar ritual series. The Middle Pillar intones divine names of god visualized within energy center of the body. Each month we will do a slight variation on the Middle Pillar ritual. Novice through advanced practitioners are welcome.
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Sat. June 18, 2011: Gnostic Mass (Open)
1:00pm; doors open 12:30pm
$10 admission

Sat. June 18, 2011: The History and Evolution of the OTO Minerval Initiation (Closed to 0º)
2:30pm, doors open at 2:00pm

Sat. June 18, 2011: Midnight at the Oasis: Minerval Symbolism (Closed to 0º)
3:30pm; there will be no doorkeeper

Sat. June 18, 2011: IIº Symbolism (Closed to IIº)

4:30pm; there will be no doorkeeper

Sat. June 18, 2011: Scanning Party (Open)

7:15pm; doors open at 7:00pm
Join us for socializing and service! WBL’s archives of Heaven and Hell are sadly incomplete. Join us to help scan old issues to preserve them for the future and make them accessible for future publication projects. While we take turns scanning the lodge will host a social night with food, drinks, and games in the meeting room. Have fun with your brothers and sisters while being of service to the lodge!
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Sun. June 19, 2011: Summer Picnic (Open)

11:45am; set up begins at 11:00am
Food: Organized potluck, bring a food and beverage item for yourself plus 5 other people.
Cost: $5 admission per adult. Kids and local dues current WBL members are free!
Note: Patapsco Park charges an additional $2 per person for park entry.
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park, Pavilion #66.
Warning: Directions acquired via online map sites may lead you astray. Please use directions below for best results!
Directions: From the Beltway (I-695) Take Rt. 1 (Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 South about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
From I -95 take I-195 to Rt. 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left. From Howard County follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left onto South St. Park entrance is on the left.
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Sun. June 26, 2011: Business Meeting (Open to WBL members)
12:00pm-3:00pm; doors open at 11:40am

Sun. June 26, 2011: Solstice Ritual (Open)
3:30pm-5:30pm; doors open at 3:00pm
$10 admission
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Sat. July 2, 2011: Two Trees: The Hermetic and Hebrew Kabbalah (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission
In the 1400s, the Jewish mystical system called the kabbalah split into two very different streams: The magical system taught by western mystery schools like the Golden Dawn, A.'.A,', and O.T.O.; and the rabbinical system found in works by Aryeh Kaplan, Benjamin Blech and the like. This talk will delve into both traditions: It will begin by covering how the kabbalah is treated in the west, including the essential tools and building blocks needed to get the most out of one's initiations and magical studies (including the Tree of Life, tarot, correspondences, and how these relate to banishing rituals and "Liber Resh"). Next, it will cover teachings and methods from the "kosher" kabbalah that are rarely discussed by western magicians, but which enrich and expand the practice of kabbalistic magick, including the Lurianic Tree of Life, meditative exercises from Isaac Luria to the early Chasidic mystics, kabbalistic sex magick, and equidistant letter sequences.
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Tues. July 5, 2011: Ceremonial Hoodoo (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission
There ain’t no magic like down home magic. Folk magic is an intrinsic part of magical culture, but is sometimes overlooked by ceremonial magicians despite its effectiveness. On the flip side, after the increased publication of magical works stemming from groups like the Golden Dawn and the Theosophical Society we see a dissemination of European ceremonial works into American folk magic culture. In this class we won’t be exploring the history of the blending of ceremonial magic and American folk magic, known as Hoodoo, but will present a series of techniques from both systems and ways to blend them to pack a more potent magical punch!
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Thur. July 7, 2011: Aleister Crowley’s Magick: Liber ABA in Theory and Practice (Open to members; invitational to non-members)
Held at private residence. Please RSVP secretary@williamblakeoto.org for directions.
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission
This monthly gathering will work through the system of magick the way one of Aleister Crowley’s students might have, using the curriculum promoted by the Master himself.
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Wed. July 13, 2011: Kitchen Witchery: Magical Teas (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission for non-members
Imbibe teas that stimulate your senses with flavors, scents and the essential magical properties of the substances they contain. Use them in preparatory work, meditation, as a sacrament and as a spell. We will talk about magical correspondences, healthful properties, what is safe to consume and what is poisonous! You’ll create some teas to take home.
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Sat. July 16, 2011: Field Trip to Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA (Open)
Hosted by Infinite Stars Chapter Rose Croix

Exquisite flowers, majestic trees, an extravagant conservatory, a starlit theatre, fresh summer bounty, whimsical tree houses and thunderous fountains await you in magical Longwood Gardens, a horticultural showstopper where the gardening arts are encased in classic forms and enhanced by modern technology. Many generations helped create Longwood Gardens, but one individual—Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), industrialist, conservationist, farmer, designer, impresario, and philanthropist—made the most enduring contribution.

Infinite Stars Chapter welcomes you to an earthly manifestation of the sphere of beauty. This is a family-friendly event for OTO members and non-members alike. Be sure not to miss the impressive Italian Water Garden and delightful Children's Garden, a joy for all ages!

Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA, about 90 minutes from Baltimore. Participants should pack sunblock, sunglasses, a hat and water. Good walking shoes are a must! The cost of this trip will include garden admission, a ceremony and lunch. Additional details forthcoming. Fee.
http://www.longwoodgardens.org/
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Tues. July 19, 2011: Conjuration of the Four (Open)
8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$20 admission
The Elementals represent very basic operative manifestations of the elemental forces. They are described variously in the works of Paracelsus, the Comte de Gablais, and most famously amongst modern magicians in Rituel et Dogme de la Haut Magie by Levi. The four elemental prayers of ceremonial magic relate to Levi’s presentation of The Conjuration of the Four (elementals). We will explore the natures of these spirits as described in classical works, examine the prayers and ritual by which they are called and then engage in this ritual for the exploration of their nature directly. Come with your curiosity regarding the elements, and come with your white robe to delve deeply into the worlds of these spirits.
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Thur. July 21, 2011: The Middle Pillar Ritual (Open)

8:00-9:30pm; doors open at 7:30pm
$10 admission
Join us for a summer break Middle Pillar ritual series. The Middle Pillar intones divine names of god visualized within energy center of the body. Each month we will do a slight variation on the Middle Pillar ritual. Novice through advanced practitioners are welcome.
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Sun. July 24, 2011: Business Meeting (Open to WBL Members)
12:00pm-3:00pm; doors open at 11:40am

Sun. July 24, 2011: Gnostic Mass (Open)
3:30pm; doors open at 3:00pm
$10 admission

Sun. July 24, 2011: Class (Open)

5:30pm-7:30pm; doors open at 5:00pm
$20 admission
Topic: TBA
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