Archive for September, 2009
If you’re in Los Angeles on October 31st, why not do something that’d fit right into a L.O.W.F.I frame of mind? You can simulate one of our outings very closely if you were to join the Occult Los Angeles Tour called Maja’s Mysteries: A Magical Excursion into Secret Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has always attracted spiritual seekers, some swimming down the mainstream of thought, others exploring esoteric tributaries. Maja’s Mysteries is a guided excursion to some of the city’s most fascinating spiritual sites hosted by Maja D’Aoust, author of The Secret Source, lecturer and librarian at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Feliz, in association with Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric. The tour’s theme is “Consciousness impacts objective reality,” a jumping off point for explorations of the nature of reality itself. Join Maja and Esotouric for a metaphysical journey into history, faith and magic in the Southland, with in-depth visits to some of the city’s most compelling and seldom-seen spiritual sites.
Tour stops include: Downtown L.A.’s landmark 1927 Theosophy Hall, which is simultaneously an exquisite architectural time capsule and a thriving center for spiritual study where all are welcome to explore the wisdom of the ages in leaderless gatherings for which no payment is ever asked.
The local home of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), the esoteric fraternal organization and religion that, under the leadership of Aleister Crowley in the early 20th Century, was rededicated to the Law of Thelema, with its twin directives “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” and “Love is the law, love under will.”
The Gnostic Society of Glendale (established 1928), where for more than 40 years our host Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller, the Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica and senior holder of the English Gnostic Transmission in America, has given Friday evening lectures exploring Gnosticism as living religious practice.
Maja says, “The mystery of magic in all its forms lives and breathes in us from the depths of our blood to the tips of our souls. From the Shamans of old to the modern day quantum physicists, the effect of our sheer will on the material world makes up a large part of what defines us as a species. Impacting reality with our consciousness, and conversely, reality’s impact upon our consciousness lies at the base of every kind of magic from sympathetic voodoo to thaumaturgy. Making things happen with your mind, whether bringing the rain, healing a disease, invoking a God or prestidigitating an illusion, the art of conscious change is the very heart of the magical mystery of living.”
Join us on the Maja’s Mysteries tour for a one-of-a-kind Halloween adventure through the looking glass, and beyond.
To Sign up ($62) Contact Esotouric at www.esotouric.com/maja-10-31-09
Actually, there’s an even greater problem. We don’t feel at home anywhere we go.” – Philip K. Dick
Come discover Philip K. Dick’s Fullerton, with our gracious host and tour guide, the venerable Robert Larson, this Monday, September 21st. Convene at 3pm at the corner of Chapman and State College, or contact me as soon as possible to iron out carpooling options from Lost Angles. (Feel free to forward this invite to any PKD enthusiast you may know in town.)
Yours in Fort,
This just in… here’s an excerpt from a very fine article…
L.O.W.F.I’s Guest Editorial
The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists presents…
by Craig Woolheater
co-founder and chairman of the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy
A common misconception among the general public is that the Bigfoot phenomenon is limited strictly to the Pacific Northwest. Many people think of Texas terrain as being nothing but prairies and deserts filled with “tumbling tumbleweeds” to quote the famous song.
However, in East Texas, which is where the majority of the reported sightings of Bigfoot occur in the state, there are approximately 12 million acres of forest land. There are four national forests and five state forests in Texas, all located in East Texas, the primary and most important forested area in Texas. The East Texas Pine Belt, or “Piney Woods” as it is commonly called, extends over forty-three counties and accounts for almost all of the state’s commercial timber.
There has been a long history of sightings in the state of Texas. Native American legends dating back hundreds of years describe tribes of hair-covered giants that lived in the forests. One of the first in the history books is the strange case of “The Wild Woman Of The Navidad.” This is a story that was recounted in The Legends of Texas published by the Texas Folklore Society in 1924. The creature was described as being extremely fast and covered in short brown hair. She eluded capture because the horses were so afraid of the strange creature that they could not be urged within reach of the lasso. Mysterious, barefoot tracks were seen frequently in the area. These events occurred in 1837 in the Texas settlements of the lower Navidad.
Continue reading at the League of Western Fortean Intermediatists main site… it’s really rather good!