5/17/17

GoFundMe to Support MTC Now Operational!


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5/12/17

High Magick's Mountain (Reprint)

(Reprint of a basic introduction to Michael Crowley and Mountain Temple Center by Petrosz, written 2000-2005.)



HIGH MAGICK'S MOUNTAIN
A History of an Extraordinary Place
by P.X.

(c) 2000-2005 Mountain Temple Center / Petros Xristos


1. PREHISTORY OF THE MOUNTAIN

It has been suggested to several persons while visioning on the Astral Plane and higher Occult realms, and confirmed by archaeological findings, that the sacred space known to us today as "The Mountain" was utilized as an ancient Hohokam Indian sacred space. In this area of the Sonoran Desert that has now been swallowed up by the very recent growth of the city known to the white man as Phoenix (itself a Magickal term representing Resurrection and Continual Rebirth), just a few miles from The Mountain ancient Hohokam petroglyphs have been found dating to 1000 A.D. (See: Deer Valley Rock Art Center) We all know that many ancient cultures utilized the high places available to them both for their spiritual astronomical observations and for ritual uses.


The Mountain is the remains of what once was a much larger rising of volcanic rock surrounded on all sides by a gently rolling valley, rocky and lightly covered with various types of desert brush. It is bounded both on the East and on the West by two much higher desert ranges that seem to function as etheric "wall" of protection, making the Mountain itself a well-guarded hub of pyramidal energy. What is most interesting to Magickians, and what was discovered by Mr. Crowley himself during his long residence here, is that both of these ranges (the Eastern and the Western) are cut out in the rough silhouettes of the God and the Goddess. The range to the East of the Mountain forms several gently rolling curvatures that, to those properly guided, form the outline of the breasts and "mound of Venus" of the ancient fertility Goddess. The Western range likewise makes an outline against the horizon of the God. In between them The Mountain itself sits like a Magickal Child of both. No doubt, such features would not have been overlooked by the spiritually attuned Hohokam.


2. ESTABLISHMENT AND GROWTH OF THE CENTER

Mountain Temple Center is co-owned and co-operated by Michael J. Crowley and his wife Shari. Michael had been a student of the occult sciences for forty years and Shari for over twenty. The couple bought the property on the Mountain in July 1972. Originally the portion which is now the center itself consisted of a small single-story house, which was added to by the Crowley's in the 1980s to the point where today (2002) the Center is three stories with about 2,000 square feet of space.

The "discovery" of this sacred power site by Mr. Crowley is itself an intriguing magical tale and one only recently having come to light. It seems that in his early days as a motorcycle enthusiast and amateur afficianado of the occult, Crowley happened to ride into one of those "Psychic Consultation" shops that have always been ubiquitous in larger cities. This one happened to be in the rustic town of Guadalupe, Arizona, a small enclave of Yaqui Indians who had immigrated to the U.S. generations previously but who still maintained some aspects of their traditional life amidst the usual modern conveniences such as shops and gas stations. There, he was accosted by an old Mexican-Indian woman who immediately noticed his intense aura. Among other things that have not been publically revealed, she told him that it was his destiny to lead a "sacred place of magic on a hill." She prophesied that an owl would lead him to this place. Of course Mike, being a hard-headed biker at the time, was initially sceptical, as was his wife.

Weeks passed and Michael had all but forgotten about the old brujera's prophecy. And yet -- one hot summer evening while riding his Harley around northern Phoenix, he noticed a low-flying owl that seemed to keep a flight path almost parallel to his bike. Remembering the prediction, and more or less on a whim, he decided to follow the owl to see if it would actually lead him anywhere or if it would simply go out of sight. In fact, it shortly led him up a treacherous-looking incline on Lupine Avenue. Mike of course was an expert rider and had little difficulty riding up the slope, though the wheels kicked up a lot of dust and pebbles. The owl flew to the top of the hill and alighted on a power line, under which Mike finally brought his bike to a rest. From the top of the hill he could see a large swath of northern Phoenix and, in the setting sun, could detect the faintest of purple "auras" seeming to encircle the hill like a vortex. Somehow, he knew that this was the place the old witch predicted in the psychic reading. He made a note of the location and told his wife Shari about it that night; within a day or two the couple returned to the site and both agreed that it would be a perfect location for the new home they had been looking for. They were pleased to find that it was in fact for sale and at a very reasonable price.

That owl, or perhaps a descendant of it, can still be seen to this day (2003) in the vicinity of the Mountain, and has been known to occasionally alight on the rooftop or a nearby telephone pole, as if watching over the progress of Mr. Crowley and his magical endeavors. (The old Mexican seer, sadly, is long gone.)

When it was decided to open the Mountain for public events and ceremonies, the first tradition to be established was that of Gardnerian Wicca. Michael was an avid student of Gerald Gardner's pioneering work in 20th-century Witchcraft, and credits Gardner's classic High Magick's Aid with being one of his earliest introductions to the ancient Craft of Wicca. Michael was and remains, also, a student of the works of Janet and Stewart Farrar, with their emphasis on sex magick. In 1986 the Mountain hosted its first public Wiccan ceremony, in league with another local Coven.


The Gods must have smiled upon the fledgling efforts of Mike and Shari, for in January of 1987 Shari won a substantial amount of money in the Arizona Lottery. This gift from "on high" was used the best way possible, to finish the expansion of the Temple, so that the community could immediately benefit from this karmic largesse.

The Temple, in Phoenix, Arizona, sits atop a small mountain in the middle of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, in the north-central part of the city. Like most of the hills in this desert city, it is rocky and nearly treeless save for a few small mesquite and sage bushes around the perimeter. The only animal life that can survive in the harsh climate tends to reflect the intensity of the Magick here -- scorpions, wild jackrabbits, and birds of prey (such as the owl that is occasionally seen perched on a nearby telephone pole and seems to return seasonally.) The Mountain is also surrounded by other mountains on top of which can be seen to those with a bit of subtle vision, see a goddess form on one side (the East) and a god form on the other (to the West.)

The Center opened itself more widely to the public in 1992 when it began to be publicized as a learning and study center, with a sizable non-lending research library. Today the library at the Temple is one of its most popular and talked-about features, as it seems to be one of the first things that visitors see upon walking through the sliding glass doors. Painstakingly assembled over a period of twenty years or more, the Library now consists of thousands of volumes of books, never yet counted, filling ceiling-high shelves all around the room. The collection covers all aspects of the occult arts and sciences, including astrology, numerology, mythology of various cultures and historical periods, Wicca, Masonic lore, Meditation and Spiritualism, New Age teachings and Healing, Rosicrucianism, and of course, the Golden Dawn. Mr. Crowley also has (as one would expect) a sizable collection of rare Crowley works (Aleister Crowley, that is). The library itself contains numerous out-of-print and hard to find editions of other works.
The center has a look of spontaneity and organic growth in its design; it has been converted from a private residence into a mixed public/private structure. The center is intimite in size, with an area on the first floor reserved for the permanent residents. The second floor has an office/computer room, conference room, and the excellent library already described. On the top floor two flights up, veiled for restricted access, is the most sacred ritual space in the Temple, used for higher-level Golden Dawn and other ceremonies. This sacred space has a porch which overlooks the outdoor space. This outdoor area consists of a magical working area in a thirty-nine foot round circle, marked off by standing stones constructed to look like a miniature Stonehenge. It is large enough to accomodate upwards of fifty or more persons, and on at least one occasion there have been closer to a hundred present, during one of the major annual Pagan festivals.

The Center has other facilities which function both for entertainment or relaxation and also possess a spiritual purpose. For instance, it has a large hot tub which has become rather famous (or infamous!) in the community. While the hot tub can be a fun place for relaxing after a ritual, it is also used regularly for the purification of participants prior to certain ceremonies. Mike Crowley also uses it for practicing the technique of "rebirthing" on students who may be interested in this, where he guides the individual, floating in the water, into psychic or astral perceptions.


A small (three- to six-person) sweat lodge was recently completed (2002), handbuilt from cinder blocks on site by officials and students of the Temple. This new addition to the center will enable further exploration of higher states of spiritual consciousness and permit those who are interested in this method of self-development to go deeper into their psyches (with suitable guidance from trained mentors here.)

Mountain temple center has had its ups and downs, and has experienced a certain amount of gossip and backbiting from others in the Pagan community of Phoenix. This sort of thing is widespread among pagans and magickal groups all over, but the Center has attracted more than its share due to the controversial nature of Mike Crowley, not to mention Aleister Crowley. Mike has never claimed to be a "white lighter," and anyone who is familiar with the work of Aleister Crowley knows that Aleister was not exactly a "goody-two-shoe" character either. Oftentimes, Mike's upfront, free expression of sexuality (such as tantric magick and Gardnerian wicca) have caused some "puritanical pagans" to whine a little, and occasionally one may read a vague letter to the editor in some local pagan newspaper complaining about Mike or the Mountain, but without actually mentioning his name. Of course, those who are truly serious about magickal work and spiritual growth know better than to take this sort of stuff at face value. If anything, Mike has often said, it only increases his reputation in the community, and helps scare away the "wannabees" and undesirables.

3. THE FARRARS

In May of 1993 the Mountain welcomed the Farrars and Gavin Bone, who were visiting Phoenix on a lecture tour. While in Phoenix they all visited the Mountain, along with a number of other people from the local magical and pagan community. While at the Mountain the Farrars and Gavin enjoyed the hot tub along with a great number of the other guests all at the same time. The Farrars and Gavin blessed the circle and told Mike Crowley to be careful in utilizing the energies of sex or tantric magick.

4. Brief Interlude with the O.T.O.

Also in 1993 the Crowleys met with members of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and became initiates in October of that year. On April 23, 1994 an official O.T.O. Camp named Mountain Camp was established. A "Camp" in O.T.O. terminology refers to an officially approved meeting place. Initially successful and popular, seeing a number of new initiates come through the doors, in July of 1996 the Camp was terminated by mutual agreement between Mr. Crowley and the O.T.O. At the time, the house was being used by other family members for non-O.T.O. gatherings and activities, and it was felt that the needed privacy could not be guaranteed. Also, Michael Crowley wished to focus his energies on what he felt was the more spiritually fruitful and legitimate order, namely the Golden Dawn, and felt the O.T.O. to be a distraction from this end. Time has shown this to be a wise decision, as seven years later, the Golden Dawn temple continues to thrive here at Mountain Center.

5. A.U.M.

The Mountain Center has always, thanks to Mike's insistence, been a place of study and learning, as the library can prove. In May 1994, Mr. Crowley (in league with Fra. Xristos) founded A.T.U.M., the Arizona Thelemic University of Magick, to teach willing students the basics of Aleister Crowley's philosophy. It's scope soon broadened to cover all forms of magick, spirituality and myth, and it's now known simply as the Arizona University of Magick (A.U.M.).
A.U.M. promotes talks and classes on all aspects of magickal theory and practice, including workshops and "hands-on" demonstrations of techniques and rituals. In the nine years since its founding, A.U.M. has welcomed many local (and a few visiting) lecturers and has provided dozens of classes and worshops on such topics as Astrology, Wicca, Norse Magick, Spiritualism, Herbs and Plants, and so on. Classes have been held in several local bookshops and halls, and are now primarily held in the Mountain's own library/conference room, or in the outdoor circle. A.U.M. offers non-accredited basic and advanced Certificates in Esoteric Studies and Certificates in Magickal Studies, as well as a Ministerial credential.


6. GOLDEN DAWN

On December 4, 1994 there was established at Mountain Center a Golden Dawn Temple, chartered through The Hermetic Temple and Order of the Golden Dawn in association with a national foundation, though as of 2001 Mountain Temple became independent. This Temple has proven to be very successful and has initiated scores of candidates over the past nine years. The Temple maintains a website and, with the help of Petros (an independent spiritual teacher who works with the Temple) serves initiates around the world thorugh e-mail correspondence lessons and guidance. Mountain Temple G.D. currently has "long-distance" initiates in Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Germany, and elsewhere, as well as locally based.

The Golden Dawn organization, based out of MTC, has (almost miraculously) continued after the death of Magus Michael Crowley in 2008, and as of 2017 still works with an active core group of initiates, several of whom -- Neophytes at the time of Michael's death -- are now Adepts themselves.


7. OTHER VISITORS AND TIRTHA MAHARAJ

In addition to Janet and Stewart Farrar, Mountain Center has hosted other bright lights of occultism and esoteric spirituality. These include Lon Milo DuQuette and, in 1999, a Hindu holy man by the name of Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj.

Maharaj (as he is known by his disciples) appeared at Mountain Center on August 16 of 1999. When told that he was to speak at the home of a magician, he quipped, "Ah ho!" and reminded his listeners of boyhood encounters he had had with similar magicians in his own homeland. Maharaj's visit was not without an unusual, perhaps supernatural element, as so often happens during events up here. As he got into his lecture, shortly after sunset, a seasonal monsoon storm began to brew. Common at this time of the year in Phoenix, these storms can be violent and electrifying. With the thunder cracking and lightning flashing all around, some of Maharaj's devotees began to get a little worried about the Master's safety. Maharaj called the lightning and thunder "Krishna's magic!" and compared its potency and beauty to the illusions of man-made "magic" such as technology. Maharaj made it clear that "So long as we remember Krishna, maya [illusion] cannot come. The moment we forget Krishna, maya comes."

As Maharaj was leaving later with his devotees, those with him noticed that the bottom of the Mountain was muddy and drenched with rain from the wild storm. Only the top of the Mountain, in the sacred circle where Maharaj held his satsang, had been spared the deluge. No doubt he would attribute it to the grace of Krishna, and this is only fitting for such a sacred space.




8. THE BEASTS

No description of the mystical, magickal Mountain would be complete without mention of its two occult "mascots," symbols of its weird energy: Harley, a fullblooded gray wolf with a friendly disposition (except towards Mr. Crowley's pit-bulls) and high intelligence; and Dragon Monster, a twenty-one foot, one-hundred pound reticulated python who used to lurk in a small closet under the stairs, meditating on its heated rock. No one was ever able to figure out if Dragon Monster was a male or female, and no one was brave enough to investigate it so closely.
Sadly and weirdly, both of these magnificent beasts made their individual transition to the higher realms in February of 1999. Both died within a week of each other, Harley a week prior to and Dragon on the night of Mike Crowley's 50th birthday celebration. Mike interpreted the loss of both beasts as a necessary sacrifice to the Gods, to enable further growth here. (Another serpent, somewhat smaller than the first, now calls Mountain Temple home.)

One of the Mountain's three pit-bull terriers, Max (an Adeptus Minor in the G.D., perhaps the only canine ever so recognized) passed away peacefully at the foot of his mistress' bed in December of 2002, at a respectably advanced age. As of 2005, the other two terriers were living elsewhere, and the Mountain is now home to two white wolf hybrids.

The wolf hybrids survived the death of their master and died of old age, separately, between 2013 and 2015.  They were since replaced by two new dogs, one of whom died of smoke inhalation in the disastrous Beltane Fire of 2017 which destroyed MTC.



9. CONCLUSION
Let's let Mike Crowley speak for the Center:

"Mountain Center practices freedom, acceptance, and tolerance of all religious or spiritual aspects of life, and all beliefs. Over time the Center
 has evolved as we all do, as time goes on. We continue to promote freedom. We now focus on Golden Dawn work; however, we continue to allow other groups rent the [outside] area and certain (non-consecrated) ritual tools in order to do their own thing. Groups who have enjoyed our facilities include ceremonial Magickians, several Wiccan covens, the Discordians, Chaos Magickians, Strega (Italian wicca), Voodoo, Spiritualists, American Indian, Hindu, and Buddhist practitioners. People come to the Mountain for research and for intelligent conversations. Or just a good old bullshit session on any subject or anything. Everyone has the right to say what ever they want without being afraid of being told to shut up or they're wrong. That's not to say you will not get an argument or a heated discussion on that particular subject. The Mountain has had some wild parties just to have a party and it can be very fun exciting, erotic, and strange. Plain old fun with out the worry of being politically correct!"

5/6/17

Israel Regardie's Tarot Deck Found in Safe in Ashes

A deck of tarot cards given to Michael J. Crowley personally by Israel Regardie prior to the latter's death in 1985, and feared destroyed by the Beltane Conflagration at Mountain Temple Center, was recently found intact in the rubble of the temple house.  This deck was an important memento of Regardie's brief mentorship of Michael Crowley was something of an esoteric cornerstone of the temple space. Its unexpected safe retrieval is an auspicious sign for the future rebuilding of the Center.

4/29/17

Beltane Fire at MTC

Fire struck the upper levels of Mountain Temple Center on the night of April 28, 2017. The Library and most of the upper rooms were destroyed, and the temple rendered at least temporarily uninhabitable.

As it happens, there was no AUMM Friday Group meeting on the night of the fire, in preparation for Saturday night's Beltane Gathering, which has been cancelled.




1/7/17

2017 Meetings & Events

Events, classes and meetings will continue in 2017.  Most classes held Friday evenings.  Stay tuned for further details.

1/4/16

2016 Classes and Events

Classes and Events will continue intermittently during the upcoming Spring season (January - May.)  We will be taking our usual summer sabbatical from June through August and returning with more great events in the Fall, including our annual Samhain'O'Ween and Yule gatherings.  Stay tuned!

Most events held at Mountain Temple Center, 1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix AZ.  Contact us for specific dates and times.

10/1/15

October 2015 Classes & Events

NOTE that due to the closure of Alpha Book Center on Sunday, October 11, 2015, Friday group classes have been moved! 


Friday group classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix)

02 The Qlippoth and Daath Qabalah with Soror K
09 Seances and Hauntings with Soror K  (Update: FINAL CLASS at Alpha Book Center due to store closing)

Friday group classes at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix; off Cave Creek Rd. & 16 St.)

16 H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult with Frater Av.
23 The Dark Night of the Soul with Soror K
30 Xaos Magick with Petros

Special Event:

31 (Saturday)  Samhaino'ween Gathering and Ritual at Mountain Temple Center.  Gathering begins around 8pm, ritual around 9pm.  Bring refreshments to share!  1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix AZ.  (602) 678-0644 for directions.   Map:

9/1/15

September 2015 Classes & Events

Friday group classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  Begin around 7pm and last up to one hour.

04 Tibetan Singing Bowls w/Soror K
11 Myth and Sci-Fi  with Rob
18 Chakras Introduction with Av.
25 Mantras Introduction with Av.


Special Event:

19 (Saturday) Fall Equinox Gathering and Ritual and Michael Crowley Death 5th Anniversary Flaming Sword Memorial.  At Mountain Temple Center.   Approximately 7pm-10pm.  Bring refreshments to share.

8/3/15

August 2015 Classes

Friday AUMM group at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ)  Classes begin at 7pm and run 45 minutes to an hour.  Donation basis.

07 Dyschordian Vudu
14 Introduction to Tarot
21 Keys of Solomon (Continued)
28 Middle Pillar Ritual

7/1/15

July 2015 Classes

Friday AUMM group at Alpha Book Center.


03 Masonic America w/Avery
10 Bibliomancy w/Darrin
17 Magic Squares w/Soror K
24 Lesser & Greater Keys of Solomon w/Soror K
31 Open Discussion

5/29/15

June 2015 Classes & Events

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix AZ.)  Start at 7pm and run about 45 min. to 1 hour.  $5 suggested donation (voluntary)

05 Bardic Arts & Sacred Poetry w/Fra. Av.
12 Wizards in Pop Culture w/G.H.F. Prof. Ameritrash
19 Summer Solstice Legend & Lore w/Petros
26 Open Discussion

Special Event

20 (Sat) Summer Solstice Gathering at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave. Phoenix.)  Gathering around 8pm, ritual around 9pm.  Potluck -- bring something to share.  Call 602-678-0644 for directions or more information.

5/1/15

May 2015 Classes

Friday group at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix AZ.)  Start at 7pm and run about 45 min. to 1 hour.  $5 suggested donation.

01 Beltane Legends and Lore
08 Magickal Creatures w/Sor. Adeptrix K.
15 Curses! Foiled Again  w/Fra. Av.
22 Occult Philosophy w/Sor. Adeptrix K.
29 Open Discussion

4/1/15

April 2015 Classes & Events

Friday evening classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix AZ.)  Start at 7pm and run about 45 min. to 1 hour.  $5 suggested donation.

03 Runelore
10 Pendulum Magick
17 Magick of the Catholic Mass
24 Open Discussion

Special Event:

25 (Sat.) Beltane Gathering and Ritual at Mountain Temple Center.  Gathering begins approximately 8pm.  Potluck -- bring something to share.  Ritual around 9pm.

2/24/15

March 2015 Classes & Events

Friday AUMM group at Alpha Book Center, 4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.  Classes start at 7pm and run 45 min to 1 hour.  $5 suggested donation.

06 Egyptian Magick with Avery
13 The Truth about St. Patrick's Day: Legends & Lore
20 Vernal Equinox Legends and Lore
27 Open Discussion / To Be Determined

Special Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave. Phoenix)

21 (Sat) Vernal Equinox Gathering and Ritual.  Gathering around 7pm, ritual around 8pm.
22 (Sun) Golden Dawn Grade Advancement (by prior appointment only)

1/30/15

February 2015 Classes

Friday AUMM Group Classes at Alpha Book Center:

06 Open Discussion
13 Valentine Magick with Petros
20 Ouija Magick with Petros
27 Magick with Candles with Soror K

Classes begin at 7pm and last about 45min-1hr.  $5 suggested donation.  Alpha Book Center, 4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix

1/17/15

January 2015 Classes and Events

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center.  Begin at 7pm.  Classes last about 45 min - 1 hour. $5 suggested donation.

02 Petros on How to Be a Student
09 Katrina on Spirits and Spiritualism
16 Katrina on Palmistry (Part II)
23 Darrin on Discordian Psychology
30 Katrina on Psi and ESP

Special Event:

Saturday 31st  Candlemas Gathering at Mountain Temple Center.  7pm.  Bring food and/or beverage to share.  Call (602) 678-0644 for more information.  1533 E. Lupine Ave. Phoenix.

12/2/14

December 2014 Classes & Events

Friday group at Alpha Book Center.  Start at 7pm. Classes last around 45 min to 1 hr.  $5 suggested donation.

05 Arthurian Legends & Lore with Avery
12 Tarot Spreads with Darrin
19 Magickal Resolutions for the New Year with Petros
26 No Class (Winter Break)

Special Event at Mountain Temple Center:

20 (Saturday) Yulepole Ritual at MTC.  Gathering, potluck and ritual after dark.  Bring food and/or beverage to share.

11/30/14

December 2014 Classes & Events

Friday group at Alpha Book Center.  Start at 7pm. Classes last around 45 min to 1 hr.  $5 suggested donation.

05 Arthurian Legends & Lore with Avery
12 Tarot Spreads with Darrin
19 Magickal Resolutions for the New Year with Petros

Special Event at Mountain Temple Center:

20 (Saturday) Yulepole Ritual at MTC.  Gathering, potluck and ritual after dark.  Bring food and/or beverage to share.

11/2/14

November 2014 Classes & Events

Friday group at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ.)  Start at 7pm.  Donation basis.

07 Intro to Hermetic Golden Dawn with Soror K.
14 Intro to Meditation with Shari Crowley
21 How to Use a Magick Circle with Soror K.
28 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Recess)

Other Events

09 (Sunday) Pagan Pride Day at Indian School Park.  Several AUMM members will present classes and/or workshops.

9/26/14

October 2014 Classes and Events

Friday Group classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  Start at 7pm.  Donation basis.

Oct 03 The Real Dracula (with Petros)
Oct 10 Extispicy (Reading Entrails) (with Petros) (you may bring your own entrails)
Oct 17 Chaos Servitors (with Darrin)
Oct 24 Open Magickal Discussion. Bring your questions and interests!
Oct 31 NO CLASS (Trick or Treat!)

Special Event

Oct 25 (Saturday) Samhainoween at Mountain Temple Center.  Potluck and Gathering around 7pm; ritual around 9pm.  Wear a costume if you like! Contest for best costume.  Winner may receive something!

8/29/14

September 2014 Classes & Events

September Friday AUMM Group Classes at Alpha Book Center (7532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  Start at 7pm. $5 suggested donation.

05 Petroszen
12 Esoteric Meaning of Chess with Avery
19 Advanced I-Ching Teaching with Darrin
26 Ancient Civilizations III with Rob

Special Event

20 (Saturday) Autumnal Equinox Gathering at Mountain Temple Center.  Start at dusk.  Potluck -- bring food and/or beverage to share.

21 (Sunday) Golden Dawn Grade Advancements & Initiations (by prior arrangement.)  Consult with MTC for details and participation requirements.

7/31/14

August 2014 Classes

August Class Schedule

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center.  7pm start time.

01 Open Discussion
08 Tarot (with Avery)
15 Palmistry
22 Dreams (with Soror K.)
29 The Upanishads (with Soror K.)

Special Event:

02 (Saturday) Lammas Gathering at Mountain Temple Center.  Dusk!

6/28/14

July AUMM Classes

Friday Group Classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  Classes begin at 7pm.  Suggested $5.00 donation.

04 (Independence Day)  No class!

11 Bibliomancy with Fra. Darrin.  Bring a favorite occult book of your own or choose from the great selection of books at Alpha Book Center!

18 Victorian Sex Magick wtih Fra. Avery.  The Victorians were not as prudish as we think; in fact, they had some colorful ideas about sex and spirituality. Here we learn the names and theories of some of the main contributors to the occult sex magick of that era.

25 Sacred Geometry with Sor. K.

6/2/14

June Classes

Friday Group Classes at Alpha Book Center.  7pm.

06 Basic Invocation with Fra. VAL
13 Enochian Calls with Sor. K.
20 The Work of Robert Anton Wilson with Fra. D.
27 Alchemy 101 with Brady

Special Event at Mountain Temple Center:

21 (Sat.) Summer Solstice Ritual.  Ancient Greek Rite and Chanting hosted by Fra. Avery.

4/26/14

May 2014 AUMM Classes

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ)

All classes begin at 7pm and run 45 minutes to 1 hour. Suggested donation is $5.

May 02 Petros on Art and Magick
May 09 Petros on Music and Magick
May 16 Rob on Ancient Civilizations
May 23 Darrin on Discordianism
May 30 Open Discussion / Q&A With the Adepts

4/3/14

April 2014 Classes & Events

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center

Friday evening AUMM classes at Alpha Books (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  Start at 7pm.  $5 donation requested.

04 Petros on Crowley's New Aeon and The Book of the Law
11 Brady on Alice Bailey's Seven Rays Theory
18 Fra. Val on Hebrew Letter Talismans
25 Sor. Katrina on Exorcism

Special Event at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix)

Sat 26: Beltane May Pole Gathering and Ritual.  Potluck!  Gathering begins around 8pm, ritual around 9pm. Bring food and/or beverage to share.

2/28/14

March 2014 Classes & Events

Friday Group

Discussion and teaching group, Friday evenings at 7pm. Currently held at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ.)  $5.00 donation suggested.

Mar 07 Astro-Kabbalah with Katrina
Mar 14 Magickal Tools & Techniques Discussion
Mar 21 The Work of Franz Bardon
Mar 28 First Golden Dawn Knowledge Lecture (for prospective initiates)

Special Events

Sat 15th - Tool painting class at Mountain Temple Center.
Sat 29th - Vernal Equinox Gathering and Ritual at MTC.
Sun 30th - Golden Dawn Initiations & Advancements at MTC.

2/2/14

February 2014 Classes

Friday Group at Alpha Book Center

Friday evening group classes at Alpha Book Center, 4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ.  Classes begin at 7pm and last about 45 minutes to an hour.  A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.

Feb 07.  Petros on The Abyss and The Void.
Feb 14. Kathee on Valentine's Day Myth and Folklore.
Feb 21. Darrin on Secrets of the I-Ching.
Feb 28. Open Discussion and Preparation for Spring Events next month.

12/7/13

January 2014 Classes & Events

Friday Night Classes at Alpha Book Center

Friday night classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  All classes begin at 7pm and last from about 45 minutes to an hour. A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.

Jan 03: How to Be a Student. With Petros.
Jan 10: Liturgy -- How to Write Rituals. With Avery.
Jan 17: Amulets and Talismans. With Avery.
Jan 24: Orbs and Other Photographic Manifestations. With Petros.


December 2013 Classes & Events

Friday Night Classes at Alpha Book Center

Friday night classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  All classes begin at 7pm and last from about 45 minutes to an hour. A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.


Dec 06: Open Discussion
Dec 13: Dark Goddesses with Avery
Dec 20: Pathworking with Katrina
Dec 27: NO CLASS


Special Event at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix)

Dec 21 (Saturday) Gnostic Yule at MTC. Special guest hosts!  Potluck -- bring something to share. Gathering around 7pm, ritual begins around 9pm.

10/25/13

November 2013 Classes & Events

Friday Night Classes at Alpha Book Center

Friday night classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  All classes begin at 7pm and last from about 45 minutes to an hour. A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.


Nov. 01: Avery on Secret Societies

Nov 08: Pagan Pride Practice & Preparation. Get ready for this Sunday's Pagan Pride Day (Nov. 10)

Nov 15: Petros on Sufism

Nov 22: Kathee on Harvest Herbs and Myths.


Nov 29: NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Weekend)

9/29/13

October Classes & Events

Friday Night Classes at Alpha Book Center

Friday night classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  All classes begin at 7pm and last from about 45 minutes to an hour. A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.

Oct 04: Exorcism with Avery

Oct 11: Tarot Spreads with Darrin -- and/or -- Sufism with Petros (depending on interest and time)

Oct 18: Mystical Dimensions of Existence with Kevin A.

Oct. 25: Kabbalah and the Tree of Life (Continued) with Katrina


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix).  Call (602) 678-0644 if you have questions or need more details.  Map and directions link: Click HERE.


Oct 12 (Sat): Crowleymas at MTC with Petros.  Informal gathering and readings from the works of Crowley (including the Book of the Law) to celebrate the 138th anniversary of the birth of esoteric master Aleister Crowley. Start around 8pm.

Oct 19 (Sat): Rehearsal for Pagan Pride ritual and Crowleymas Gathering. Celebrating the birth of Aleister Crowley. Informal gathering, with short ritual reading excerpts from the Book of the Law.

Oct 26 (Sat): Samhain (Halloween) Gathering and Ritual.  The event of the season at MTC!  Bring food and/or beverage to share. Gathering around 8pm, ritual around 9pm. Requested $5.00 donation.

8/30/13

September 2013 Classes & Events

Friday Night Classes at Alpha Book Center

Friday night classes at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix.)  All classes begin at 7pm and last about an hour. A $5.00 donation is requested but not mandatory.

Sept 6: Show and Tell! Bring in a favorite magical/spiritual object or book that is meaningful to you that you'd like to talk about. We'll let the discussions flow spontaneously as they will! (If you can't think of anything to bring, come anyway and enjoy the meeting.)

Sept 13: Demons are the topic for this Friday the 13th. What are they? How can you deal with them? Discussion guided by Fra. VAL.

Sept 20: Introduction to the work of Franz Bardon (1909-1958). Lean about this little-known European esoteric writer, author of several important books on Hermeticism and the Kabbalah.

Sept 27: Introduction to the Golden Dawn system of Magick with Katrina. Covers the basic groundwork for those interesting in pursuing this spiritual path further.


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix).  Call (602) 678-0644 if you have questions or need more details.

Sept 21 (Saturday). Fall Equinox Gathering and Ritual.  Begins around 8pm.  Potluck, party, discussion, and ritual. Open to the public.

Sept 22 (Sunday). Golden Dawn Neophyte Initiations at Mountain Temple Center. Call for more information about costs and requirements. Members & prospective initiates only.

8/16/13

August 2013 Class Schedule

Join us on Fridays throughout August (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) for a variety of discussions on topics of a magickal and spiritual nature. Open discussion, questions and answers, free exploration of esoteric ideas and practices.

Where: Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ)

When: Friday evenings 7pm-8pm

Cost: Donation basis.

Coming up in September: Fall Equinox ritual (tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21) at Mountain Temple Center.

7/29/13

July 2013 Class Schedule

Join us Friday evenings all summer long for open discussion on various topics of spiritual and esoteric interest, with a rotating roster of guests and teachers!  Join in the discussion Fridays at 7pm at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St. Phoenix AZ).  Classes on donation basis.

6/2/13

June 2013 Class Schedule

Friday evening classes and discussion at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix AZ).  Classes on donation basis!  All begin at 7:00 pm and usually run about 1 hour.

June 07.   Introduction to the Power of Awesome Thinking Plan (tm) with Petros. A free preview of this latest, hottest success plan that's got everyone talking! Learn how to tap into your own powers of Awesome while banishing Lameness.


June 14. Solar Adorations with Petros. Learn this powerful fourfold method of invoking solar energies at any time of the day or night, to boost your magick quotient! Based on the Thelema teachings of Aleister Crowley.


June 21. Prophecies and Predictions with Katrina. Understand the messages and reasons for ancient prophecies, and find out what they really mean for us today!


June 28. Open Discussion. Bring your questions and concerns about any aspect of the magickal or spiritual path, and let the power of our initiated Group Mind find your answers! (If anyone is interested in teaching a specific topic, part of this evening's time will be devoted to a discussion of that topic, leaving the remainder for open discussion.)

4/28/13

May 2013 Class Schedule

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night classes and discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  All classes on free-will donation basis. Classes begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted and usually run about one hour.

May 03. Alchemy Unveiled with Avery.

May 10. Introductory Kabbalah with Kevin.

May 17. Egyptian Book of the Dead with Petros.

May 24. Lesser Key of Solomon with Katrina.

May 31. Greater Key of Solomon with Katrina.

3/30/13

April 2013 Classes and Events

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night classes and discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  All classes on free-will donation basis. Classes begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted and usually run about one hour.

Apr 05 - The Book of the Law and Crowley's Law of Thelema. With Petros.

Apr 12 - Open Discussion. Everyone welcome -- bring your questions and concerns about any aspect of the spiritual / magical path.

Apr 19 - Beltane Myths and Traditions.  With Kathee.

Apr 26 - The White Pillars and Chakras.  Katrina completes her series on the chakras and color pillars.


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):


Apr 27 (Saturday) - Beltane (Walpurgisnacht) Gathering and Ritual.  Gathering begins around 8pm, ritual begins at 9pm.  Potluck: bring food and/or beverage to share.  $5 donation requested.

2/23/13

March 2013 Classes & Events


Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night classes and discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  All classes on free-will donation basis. Classes begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted and usually run about one hour.

Mar 01 - Introduction to Anthroposophy with Petros

Mar 08 - Philosophus grade materials study with Kevin

Mar 15 - St. Patrick's Day Symbols & Legend with Kathie

Mar 22 - The Rosicrucian Phenomenon with Petros

Mar 29 - The Orange Pillars and Chakra with Katrina


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):

Mar 23 (Saturday) - Spring Equinox Gathering.  8pm.  Potluck, gathering & ritual to celebrate the arrival of Spring.

Mar 24 (Sunday) - G.D. Grade Advancement by prior appointment.

1/28/13

February 2013 Classes

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night classes and discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  All classes on free-will donation basis. Classes begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted and usually run about one hour.

Feb 01 - Sound and Spirit with Petros

Feb 08 - Music and Magic with Petros

Feb 15 - Hearts & Flowers: Valentine Folklore with Kathee

Feb 22 - Colors and the Chakras with Katrina

12/25/12

January 2013 Classes

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  By donation.  Start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  All classes by free-will donation unless specified otherwise.

Jan 4 - How to Be a Student. With Petros. Several short ritual practices will also be introduced.

Jan 11 - Class with Avery. Topic to be Announced.

Jan 18 - Class with Avery. Topic to be Announced.

Jan 25 - Color Chakras Series Continues. With Katrina.

11/12/12

December 2012 Classes & Events

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  By donation.  Start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  All classes by free-will donation unless specified otherwise.


Dec 07 - Colors and Ribbons of Yuletide with Kathie. Just in time for the holidays, learn the meaning behind some of our most popular accessories.

Dec 14 - History of Yule with Kathie. Are you on Saint Nick's naughty or nice list? Find out! Plus: Peace visualization to even out the year's dark spots.

Dec 21 - Maya-Toltec Myth and Star Magic with Petros. Just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse (Unveiling of Reality). Petros provides insight into this ancient yet relevant lore.

Dec 28 - Voodoo Gnostic Chakras with Katrina. Continuing our series on the chakras, with specific colors and visualizations from a voodoo-gnostic perspective.

Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):

Dec 22 (Saturday): Maya-Toltec Apocalypse 2012 Gathering and Ritual at MTC. Inaugurate the onset of the 13th Baktun, the beginning of a new cycle in the great Mesoamerican calendrical system.  Potluck, gathering, and ritual.  Gathering begins around 8pm, ritual around 9pm.

10/31/12

November 2012 Classes

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  By donation.  Start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  All classes by free-will donation unless specified otherwise.


Nov 02 - Spirit(ual)ism as a Modern Phenomenon with Petros.

Nov 09 - Successful Spell-Casting for Simpletons.

Nov 16 - Harvest and Thanksgiving Myths and Herbal Folklore with Kathy. Learn about the Cornucopia and more.

Nov 23 - NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Nov 30 - Secrets of Voodoo Gnosticism with Katrina.


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):

No special events scheduled for this month, but stay tuned for December when we ring in the Mayan Apocalypse 2012 (Dec. 22)!

9/28/12

October 2012 Classes & Events

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  By donation.  Start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  All classes by free-will donation unless specified otherwise.


Oct 05 - Mayan Apocalypse 2012 and the Great Work: Myth and Reality. With Spiritual Master Petros.

Oct 12 - The Truth About Tricks & Treats: Halloween Herbs and Toxins. With Kathy.

Oct 19 - H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult. With Avery.

Oct 26 - Voodoo Gnosis Explorations with Katrina. Class is under the auspices of F.O.T.O.N. (Famille Ordo Tempi Orientis Noetique).


Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):

Oct 27 (Saturday) - Day of the Dead Samhain at Mountain Temple Center.  Gathering, potluck and ritual.  Gathering begins around 8pm, ritual set to begin around 9pm. Bring something to share. Donations welcome.

8/24/12

September 2012 Classes & Events

Aeonic University of Magick and Mysticism (AUMM)

Friday night discussions at Alpha Book Center (4532 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ).  By donation.  Start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.  All classes by free-will donation unless specified otherwise.

Sep 07 - Petros Ahman Xristos instructs in the fundamentals of the Restored Temple Endowment (Gospel of Exaltation).

Sep 14 - Soror Kathy on Magickal Meaning of Gems and Fruits.

Sep 21 - Magistrix Templi Shari Crowley will provide an introduction and overview of Golden Dawn grade materials relating to the upcoming Philosophus degree rituals in September.

Sep 28 - Soror Katrina continues her exploration of the deeper mysteries of Voodoo Gnosis. Class is under the auspices of F.O.T.O.N. (Famille Ordo Tempi Orientis Noetique).



Events at Mountain Temple Center (1533 E. Lupine Ave., Phoenix):

Sep 22 (Saturday): Autumnal Equinox Gathering.  8pm till around midnight.  Party, potluck, and ritual.


Sep 23 (Sunday): Golden Dawn Initiations for qualified initiates. 

Call Mountain Temple Center at (602) 678-0644 if you have questions about any events or require directions.