The Legacy of Karl Germer
Saturday, July 15 at 3 PM - 5 PM
Karl Germer was Aleister Crowley’s successor as head of A∴A∴ and Outer Head of the Order of Ordo Templi Orientis. His legacy, however, is mostly known through the work of his students and confidantes. Little has been published about the life, teachings, and spiritual experiences of this most dedicated Thelemite. In an effort to shed some light upon this Germer's life’s work, Dr. David Shoemaker has recently co-edited a book of selected letters from a lifetime of correspondence.
In this presentation David will discuss various letters exchanged between Karl Germer and such Thelemic luminaries as Jane Wolfe, Phyllis Seckler, Jack Parsons, William Talbot Smith, and others. The discussions range from the mundane to the mystical, including the politics and intrigues surrounding Agape Lodge of O.T.O., the publishing of various works of Aleister Crowley, the philosophy of Thelema, and much more. This discussion will present a new vision of the true role of Karl Germer in the advancement, and even the survival, of Thelema as we know it.
Scrying the Enochian Aethyrs
Saturday, July 15 at 7 PM - 9 PM
The system of Enochian magick, developed by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the late 1500s, has fascinated magicians across the centuries. In this stimulating and interactive workshop, noted magician and teacher Dr. David Shoemaker will lead participants through the practical steps necessary to work with one important aspect of the Enochian system: The Thirty Aethyrs. Attendees will be able to participate in an actual “scrying” session to obtain their own visions of these astral realms, with plenty of time for questions and other discussion.
The Magick of the Gnostic Mass
Sunday, July 16 at 11 AM - 1 PM
In this interactive workshop, EGC Bishop David Shoemaker will discuss key ritual formulae that appear in the Mass, and review methods for making the most of your participation, whether as an officer or congregant. He will also discuss ways to apply these ritual techniques to your magical work outside of the Mass. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.
About the Speaker
Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specialising in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. He has been a member of O.T.O. and A∴A∴ since 1993, and he has many years of experience training students in these traditions.
He is the Master of 418 Lodge, O.T.O. in Sacramento, California, having succeeded Soror Meral (Phyllis Seckler), his friend and teacher. He also serves as the Most Wise Sovereign of Alpha Chapter, and as a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of O.T.O. David was the founding President of the O.T.O. Psychology Guild, and is a frequent speaker at national and regional O.T.O. events. He is also a member of the U.S. Grand Lodge Initiation Training and Planning committees, and he serves as an Advanced Initiation Trainer.
David’s popular “Living Thelema” podcasts have appeared regularly since 2010, and his widely praised Living Thelema book was published in late 2013. David's latest book, The Winds of Wisdom, contains a full record of his scrying of the Thirty Enochian Aethyrs, and was released by Nephilim Press in the fall of 2016.