Monday, August 29, 2011

Black Bear Grove September 2011 events

Black Bear Grove, Bloomington's ADF (Druid) group, will be having their Autumn Equinox planning meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 7pm at Boxcar Books. The Grove's Equinox celebration will be held the following week, with the location yet to be determined.

The ADF Outline of Worship: A Briefing for Newcomers

 Contact Black Bear's Outreach Coordinator at for more information.

Cafe Thelema, 9/14/11

Wed, Sept 14, 2011 @ 7-9 pm
Rachael's Cafe
300 E 3rd St, Bloomington

"Brother (Mad Doctor) Beebz will be giving a beginner's guide to the modern chemical analysis of the 'Elixir of Immortality.' I'm especially looking forward to all of the newfangled charts, graphs, and other inscrutables."
 From Thelemapedia: Alchemy is an early practice combining elements of chemistry, physics, astrology, art, semiotics, metallurgy, medicine, mysticism, and religion. Two intertwined goals sought by many alchemists were the philosopher's stone, a mythical substance which would enable the transmutation of common metals into gold; and the universal panacea, a remedy that would cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. Alchemy can be regarded as the precursor of the modern science of chemistry prior to the formulation of the scientific method. 
For more information, contact the organizer via Facebook: Beebs & Phainolis

Earth Kin Autumnal Equinox Ritual

Saturday, Sept. 24
UU Church in Bloomington

Earth Kin's Autumnal Equinox celebration will take place on the Saturday evening following the astronomical equinox. The group will host a meet and greet at 7:00 with ritual starting at 7:30pm.  If the weather permits the ritual will happen in the woods, so dress (and shoe) yourself accordingly.

Please direct all questions to Beckie at

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Black Cross -- Mass of the Star -- 9/10/11

Saturday, September 10 at 8:00pm

The Mass of the Star is a Eucharistic ritual that invokes the energy associated with The Star Tarot Trump. It is decidedly Thelemic in themes but focuses on the Feminine god forms of the Thelemic Pantheon, namely Nuit and Babalon.

This is one of the official rituals of the Gnostic Order of the Black Cross. Those interested in attending should contact Marcus Pulis at to RSVP and get directions to the temple (which is located in Elnora, IN).

Black Cross -- Fae Ritual -- 10/7/11

Friday, October 7, 2011
Ritual: 7:00 pm

Mandy of the Gnostic Order of the Black Cross is leading an outdoor ritual and camping event just outside of the Black Cross Temple in Elnora, In. Those planning on camping should have tents set up and be ready for ritual by 7:00pm on Friday.

From Marcus Pulis, Grand Hierophant of Black Cross: "The ritual is a Faery style ritual which is a nice change. That doesn't from what I understand mean you should expect it to be less intense as I am told the Fae are quite fun. This ritual will be done outdoors next to the Temple at our fire area. I look forward to seeing what Mandy does."

Families with children are welcomed, but I (Laurelei) am certain that the members of Black Cross will appreciate all ritual participants adhering to a certain level of ritual etiquette.

To RSVP and receive driving directions, contact Marcus Pulis at

Magick Classes with Marcus Pulis

Marcus Pulis, Grand Hierophant of the Gnostic Order of the Black Cross, has begun teaching a series of classes covering a wide range of magickal topics. These classes are of interest to people in a wide range of magickal traditions, drawing heavily on the foundational systems of ceremonial magick and hermeticism.

The introductory class has already occurred; however, interested attendees can come to the classes of their choice from the remaining curriculum. The full list is as follows:

Gnostic Order of the Black Cross
1. Sacred Space and Banishing
2. Magical tools- Elemental
3. Magical tools- Other
4. Magickal Ethics
5. Magickal Religion
6. God Archetypes
7. How to do dramatic ritual
8. Invocation of Angels or Gods
9. Hermeticism
10. Kabalah- Spheres of the Tree of Life
11. Kabalah- Paths of the Tree of Life
12. Thelema
13. Evocation- Introduction to the summoning of spirits
14. Kabalistic Evocation
15. Evocation from the Grimoires
16. Enochian
17. Voodoo

The first full-content class will be Sacred Space and Banishing, held Friday, September 30, 2011 from 7:30 to 9:30. Attendees will receive copies of three banishing rituals and hopefully by the end of the evening be able to set sacred space for themselves.

Location: 3021 Market Place Bloomington, IN 47403

For more details, contact Marcus Pulis at

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thelemic Ritual at UU Church 8/27/11

There will be a Thelemic ritual on Saturday, Aug. 27th beginning at 5:30 PM in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington, IN. The ritual will last approximately 90 minutes and light refreshments will be made available. Because of the iconoclastic nature of this ritual, it is an age 18+ event. This is the first overtly Thelemic ritual to be performed at the UU Church in Bloomington in several years (if not ever), so please come show your support. We hope to see you there!

For more information about the Bloomington Thelemic community, including discussions, rituals, Cafe Thelema updates, and more, check out the Bloomington Thelema blog.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sweat Lodge Re-Build on 8/27/2011

Time & day: Aug 27, 10:30 - till finished with lodge around late afternoon early evening
Place:  a private residence in Bloomington IN (call or e-mail Doug for more info)
Please RSVP to 812-272-9600 or sweetbear2257@sbcglobal.
The following invitation was sent by Doug Chamberlain, a Bloomington-area spiritual reader and teacher:
 "Our old lodge has seen it's better days and is in need of a re-build. We will gather to cut the trees and honor them in our new lodge. We will do a lodge later that day. The time posted is just a general focus point it wont take all day. We will have many breaks and do some drumming and communing with nature. Snacks and water will be provided but it would be nice if you could bring something to share.
" If you are planning on coming to the sweat bring a change of clothes for that and a couple of towels & food for the feast afterward.

"Bring gloves and comfortable clothes to work in. If you have any questions please call or
e-mail me.  Cell 812-272-9600  Phone will be on all day till we go into lodge."