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Open Ritual & Public Eucharist

A Wiccan Circle

Our Saturday event will close with an open circle led by Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone, leaders of the Wiccan community. This will only be open to those who have attended the Conference in the daytime.

Further details will be forthcoming as we approach the date, but so long as you approach in the spirit of peace, with an open heart, you will be welcome.

We hope that all will enjoy this insight into ritual practice, and find the ritual empowering.

Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass

On Sunday afternoon Calix Sanctus Oasis will host a celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass. This will be open to all attendees of the Conference, and members of the public by prior arrangement with the Body via email (link).

The Gnostic Mass is the central rite of Ordo Templi Orientis, and is a participatory ritual where the congregation partake of communion. As a celebration of the principles of Thelema, it is quite a formal ritual and can be a very beautiful one.

You are not required to know anything about Thelema, the O.T.O., or anything else in advance to attend this ritual, all guidance will be given on the day.

Though by no means required, if you would like to familiarise yourself with the ritual in advance, a full copy of the text of the ritual can be found at the UK Grand Lodge O.T.O. website.

Excerpt from the US Grand Lodge O.T.O. website, copyright reserved

Aleister Crowley wrote Liber XV in 1913 in Moscow, the year after his appointment by Theodor Reuss as the X° Head of the British Section of O.T.O. According to W. B. Crow in A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism (Aquarian Press, London 1968), Crowley wrote it “under the influence of the Liturgy of St. Basil of the Russian Church.” Crowley published the Gnostic Mass three times during his life: in 1918 in The International, in 1919 in The Equinox, Volume III, No. 1 (the “Blue Equinox”), and in 1929 in Appendix VI of Magick in Theory and Practice. Theodor Reuss published a German variant in 1918. It was first publicly celebrated on Sunday, March 19, 1933 e.v. by Wilfred T. Smith and Regina Kahl in Hollywood, California. Crowley writes in Chapter 73 of his Confessions:

“During this period [The summer of 1913 e.v. - Ed.] the full interpretation of the central mystery of freemasonry became clear in consciousness, and I expressed it in dramatic form in `The Ship’. The lyrical climax is in some respects my supreme achievement in invocation; in fact, the chorus beginning:

Thou who art I beyond all I am…

seemed to me worthy to be introduced as the anthem into the Ritual of the Gnostic Catholic Church, which, later in the year, I prepared for the use of the O.T.O., the central ceremony of its public and private celebration, corresponding to the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church.”