Monday, August 11, 2014

‘BOTA’s Application of Tarot’

Builders of the Adytum has released news of its 2014 Northeast Conference, scheduled for October 17 through 19 at New Lebanon, New York. Its focus will be Magical Application of Tarot.

From the publicity:

You are cordially invited to join your BOTA fratres and sorores at Abode of the Message, nestled on a wooded hillside in the Berkshire Mountains. Abode of the Message is a residential spiritual community, conference and retreat center with Shaker-style buildings set in scenic grounds.

Among the weekend activities: Vibratory Attunement, a guided group meditation that utilizes chanting and visualization; Recorded Ann Davies Meditation, an active, guided meditation utilizing qabalistic chants, preceded by an introduction to the meaning and practice of chanting techniques; Workshop, a lively, interactive discussion and presentation led by fellow fraters and sorores; and the Qabalistic Service on Sunday morning, led by a BOTA minister.

In other news, BOTA has new books available and not-so-new books now in digital media. From the publicity:

A Concordance of The Book of Tokens has been written to help students using The Book of Tokens to do two things. The obvious purpose is for finding passages that one has remembered or heard but is having difficulty locating in the text or quoting accurately.
The deeper purpose is to aid meditation. If a student wishes to contemplate the occult significance of a word or concept, they can find the Tarot Keys, Hebrew letters, and phrases with which it is associated. Furthermore, the concordance reveals patterns of repetition and connection between the ideas represented by the keys and the letters that would not otherwise be obvious to a reader. It can be instructive to choose a word, and follow its appearance throughout meditations. The concordance is bound as a spiral workbook to provide easy and repetitive use.

The Book of Tokens, Tarot Meditations by Dr. Paul Foster Case, is one of the most important tools that have been left to students of the Western Mysteries.
The 22 major Tarot cards are called “keys,” keys to understanding. By giving us meditations on these keys, and the 22 Hebrew letters assigned to them, The Book of Tokens offers guidance for using the keys to open the self to wider worlds; it is, as it were, a peep through the keyhole.

The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order is Paul Foster Case’s thorough and lucid explanation of the Rosicrucian allegories Fama Fraternitatis and the Confessio Fraternitatis. It is now available as an eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple. Dr. Case’s book expands these classic esoteric texts into an entire system of spiritual unfoldment.”

The Sun: Key 19

When the conscious and subconscious phases of mentality are regenerated, or born anew, a human personality becomes a radiant center through which the Life Power manifests itself. The Ipsissimus knows that circumstances are the projections of his interpretations of Reality. He has made this knowledge deep-rooted and permanent. Therefore, his mode of life is incomprehensible to the merely natural man. He is a free channel for the expression of Omnipotent Spirit.
(Chapter XXI, p. 307)

The One Identity is the Sun of life and light, the spiritual Sun of which our daystar is the external manifestation and symbol. He who would know will understand eventually that his personality has no existence apart from the shining of the spiritual Sun.
(Chapter XVII, p. 248)

The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order
Paul Foster Case

In a delightful development, BOTA now offers a download of the 22 Major Arcana (TIFF files in BOTA black and white) for printing and coloring, or even just for portable viewing on your smartphone. Click here.

In closing, BOTA also has its regularly scheduled Saturday morning session at Masonic Hall in New York City. That’s August 23 at 10 a.m. in the Chapter Room on the 12th floor. Very interesting group. The more I learn, the more I am intrigued.

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