Initiation and the Path of Return

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The Temple of Our Lady of the Stars presents:

Initiation & the Path of Return: A Lecture by Dr David Shoemaker

Toronto, Ontario

In this entertaining presentation, Dr David Shoemaker will show how the Trumps of the Thoth Tarot illustrate the various tasks, challenges and transformative processes awaiting the aspirant on the path toward awakened spiritual consciousness, known in Thelemic tradition as the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. He will then discuss the Adept’s journey toward the inevitable ordeal of the “Abyss”. 

Dr Shoemaker will also present a brief overview of the life and legacy of Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), whose writings he has recently co-edited. A limited number of copies of Seckler’s books will be available for sale and signing. 

Admission donation: $15 (All proceeds support the non-profit purposes of the Temple of Our Lady of the Stars, the College of Thelema of Northern California, and the Temple of the Silver Star.)

Location: Trinity St-Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7

Time: Saturday October 20, 2012 2:30 – 5:00 PM EDT

About the Lecturer:

Dr David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and transpersonal psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor of the College of Thelema of Northern California, and the Prolocutor of its initiatory Order, the Temple of the Silver Star. He has also been a member of O.T.O. and an initiate of A.’.A.’. since 1993.

He is Past Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O., having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as a consecrated Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica and as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of O.T.O. David is the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and a frequent speaker at national and regional O.T.O. events. 

David is a co-editor of the journals Neshamah (Psychology Guild) and Cheth (418 Lodge). In addition to his essays in these publications, his writings have been published in the journals Mezlim and Black Pearl, and his chapter on Kabbalistic Psychology was included in the Instructor’s Manual of Fadiman and Frager’s Personality and Personal Growth, an undergraduate psychology textbook. He was the compiler of the COTNC publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the COTNC/Teitan Press publication, Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral): The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings, and The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II. His instructional “Living Thelema” segments are heard monthly on the Speech in the Silence podcast.

In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and his son. David can be reached through his personal website,, or via the COTNC website: 

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