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The Temple of Babalon is the Foundation Temple of Ordo Astri, an Independent and International Thelemic magical Order based in the UK. The Temple of Babalon provides esoteric articles, essays, tutorials and podcasts for those with a serious interest in Thelema, practical magick and the occult.

Temple of Babalon Oliver St. John

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The Temple of Babalon is the Foundation Temple of Ordo Astri, an Independent and International Thelemic magical Order based in the UK. The Temple of Babalon provides esoteric articles, essays, tutorials and podcasts for those with a serious interest in Thelema, practical magick and the occult.

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 3—Witches, Vampires, Afterlife and Imagination

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 3—Witches, Vampires, Afterlife and Imagination

    Series 2 Episode 3: Previously, we have discussed the Thelemic Gnosis independently of the mainstream or orthodoxy. Esoteric Thelema returns the Gnosis to its ancient Egyptian source. There is no need to appeal to the writings of Crowley or his epigones. We have begun an enquiry into magical polarity and the role of Babalon or the Scarlet Woman in cosmology and initiation. We now move on to some of the key texts in Babalon Unveiled that deal directly with the matter of the (Egyptian) Book of the Law and the import of the teachings of Aiwass. We shall cover diverse topics along the way, including Witches, Vampires, the Afterlife and Divine Imagining. There is also a dramatised rendition of the Song of the Stele of Revealing, which many use for ritual purposes.© Oliver St. John 2020. The  Spanish classical guitar music was ‘Valsa Chôro’, composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John. Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 2—Magick, Talismans and Sexual Magick

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 2—Magick, Talismans and Sexual Magick

    Series 2 Episode 2: We resume Lapis Philosophorum, the Stone of the Wise, the first monograph in the book Babalon Unveiled. In the previous episode we gave additional background information on the way that knowledge of the true state of affairs concerning ancient Egypt has been suppressed. After that, we summarised the development of spiritual, religious and scientific philosophy from the Greek Stoics to the present day. We discussed how causal determinism, scientific and theological, was proliferated in the world though war and conquest. The (Egyptian) Book of the Law denounces the prevailing philosophy of the present times. Having established the deterministic roots of both religion and fanatical scientism, we can now get to the heart of what Esoteric Thelema is about. We will discuss what magick is, what a magician is and does. We will disclose Esoteric Thelema by use of symbol and analogy. We will take a deeper look at talismans than will be found in any textbook. We will also reappraise sexual magick, so called.© Oliver St. John 2019.The first and second piece of guitar music was ‘Valsa Chôro’, composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John. The piece at the end of the programme was ‘Requiem for the English People’, composed, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John (December 2019).Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 1—Esoteric Thelema

    Babalon Unveiled Episode 1—Esoteric Thelema

    Series 2 Episode 1: In this new series, we will focus on Esoteric Thelema and the book, Babalon Unveiled! Thelemic Monographs. We will reveal that Thelema is an extremely ancient initiatory path that predates the Indian and Tibetan Tantras, the Greek and Persian Mysteries, and even Dynastic Egypt. Since the early 90s at least, scholars have been uncovering historical facts that radically change our view of history and consequently our entire cultural and philosophical perspective. © Oliver St. John 2019Valsa-Chôro, composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John.Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

    Lord Dunsany Journey of the King Part Two

    Lord Dunsany Journey of the King Part Two

    Episode 21: We continue with the extraordinary fiction writing of Lord Dunsany. His early tale, Journey of the King, explored realms of Qabalah, magick and the Nightside years before Aleister Crowley and Kenneth Grant did so in a more technical manner. Here is the second and final part of the story, Journey of the King, from Time and the Gods by Lord Dunsany. © Oliver St. John 2018© Valsa-Choro, by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John (2018). Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

    Lord Dunsany Journey of the King Part One

    Lord Dunsany Journey of the King Part One

    Episode 20: We will discuss the extraordinary fiction writing of Lord Dunsany. His early tale, Journey of the King, explored and even illustrated realms of Qabalah, magick and the Nightside years before Aleister Crowley and Kenneth Grant did so in a more technical manner. Oliver St. John reads the entire story, Journey of the King, Part Two of Time and the Gods by Lord Dunsany. © Oliver St. John 2017 © ‘Adelita’ Mazurka, Francisco Tarrega, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John. Incidental music, Oliver St. John. Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

    Liber 373 Magick of Earth and Stars

    Liber 373 Magick of Earth and Stars

    Episode 19: We discuss Liber 373, the seven rites and seven seals of the Dragon Star. The Dragon Star is a series of tantrik initiations that has its basis in the Qabalah and Hermetic Tree of Life. The Elizabethan sorcerer and alchemist John Dee provided the blueprint for this. We also take a look at the Magick of Earth and Stars, for terrestrial and celestial locations are vital to any tantrik initiation. Episode 19 also features two newly recorded performances on guitar of compositions by Francisco Tárrega and Heitor  Villa-Lobos. © Oliver St. John 2017© ‘Adelita’ Mazurka, Francisco Tarrega, and A minor Prelude 3 from Five Preludes for Guitar, Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed and recorded by Oliver St. John. Visit Ordo Astri, Thelemic Magical Collegium: www.ordoastri.org

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