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A Brief Analysis of Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass

Frater AISh MLChMH

Leaping Laughter Lodge

Saturday 19 July – 3.00 to 6.00 pm
Presentation: From Gold Forge Steel

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This presentation will examine The Gnostic Mass in the light of the writings of Aleister Crowley and some secondary sources through the curcubite of one individual’s own research and experience. The talk will progress through the sections of the ritual with an emphasis on symbolic correlations and allusions. Some of the topics discussed include: the Furnishings of the Temple as suggesting something other than the traditional Tree of Life; identifying the God celebrated in The Gnostic Mass; parallels between The Gnostic Mass and “The Grimorie which Baphomet …himself made”, Liber CDXV, Liber XLIV, etc.; the Children and the Prophet; the diagrams of the Garden of Eden Before and After the Fall; the three enthusiasms; the Apocalypse; the pillars and the role of reversal within Magick; The Perfected Egyptian. An abbreviated version of this talk was given at the 2007 e.v. National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference.

Frater AISh MLChMH has been a member of O.T.O. for over 18 years. He is a chartered Initiator and Trainer, an Ordained Priest and Deacon of E.G.C. and former body master of Leaping Laughter Lodge. He has participated in and orchestrated numerous rituals for several O.T.O. bodies including rituals celebrating the Feasts mentioned in Liber AL and the Rites of Eleusis. He has written a number of articles concerning O.T.O.and Thelema for O.T.O. local body and national publications. He has also taught classes covering The Gnostic Mass, the M.O.E. degrees, and the ritual and yoga taught by Aleister Crowley. He occasionally writes about these subjects in his livejournal (

This talk is presented by Dionysos Chapter R + C, O.T.O. and will be taking place at Leaping Laughter Lodge (1618 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN) on Saturday, July 19th, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. For additional information, please contact:

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