1st Anniversary Celebrations Monday, Nov 26 2007 

I cannot believe it has been a whole year already since that very first Tamesa Oasis meeting. I am so very thankful to everyone who has attended our events, officered initiations, funded our endeavours, brought food, drink, wine, laughter, built furniture, traveled for miles and miles to be here, washed up, set up, cleaned up and just been here. A local body isn’t its body master, it isn’t its location, it isn’t its name, its the brethren grouped together within those things and each and everyone of you have made Tamesa in this last year.

Anniversary Banner

And we have had a brilliant time putting it all together. Its been tiring, at first it was incredibly stressful but I love my brethren and I love being at the centre of something as good as Tamesa Oasis.

We had cake in the shape of a fleur-de-lys!

Fleur-de-lys cake

To mark our first anniversary we performed an Isis invocation as the name Tamesa is the Celtic name for the river Thames which is known as the Isis further along it. We now have a lovely new Isis statue as part of our temple and this morning, after we had performed the invocation, we took her down to the river’s edge and bathed her in the waters.

Isis Statue

Here’s to another year!

Feast of Roses Tuesday, Aug 14 2007 

 

This weekend at Tamesa we celebrated the first night of the Prophet and his Bride with a Feast of Roses.

The first night of the Prophet and his Bride is one of the Thelemic holy days as set out in the collects of Liber XV The Gnostic Mass, it commemorates the consummation of the marriage between Aleister Crowley and Rose Edith Kelly who was instrumental in instigating the events that lead to the writing of The Book of the Law in 1904.
Hence why we had a feast of Roses!

The Oasis was decked out in decorations for the occasion:

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Everyone who attended wore something in red to match and the members of the Oasis made a variety of dishes all flavoured with rose.

The selection of dishes included:

  • Safaid Murgh Gulabi – Chicken and rose petal curry with minted rice
  • Roasted organic leg of lamb in zucchero rosato and rosemary marinade
  • Moroccan roasted vegetables with ras el hanout scented couscous
  • Carrot halwa – a sweetened carrot and rose water dish
  • Orange segments in rose water
  • Rose creams dipped in bitter chocolate
  • Rose water iced fairy cakes with candied rose petals
  • Rose petal biscuits from an 18th century English recipe
  • Fresh cream Victoria sponge with strawberries and rose petal jam
  • Rose lassi
  • Iced fizzy rose water

 

The food was delicious and disappeared in moments

roses food

 

It was a wonderful feast and very much enjoyed by all who attended.

This was a public event attended by both members of Tamesa Oasis and other local bodies from across the UK and people not initiated to the O.T.O.

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Happy Mithrasmas Thursday, Dec 14 2006 

On Saturday we celebrated the solstice in our own unique way here at Tamesa by performing a group ritual to the pre-Christian solar deity Mithras.

Mithras worship was brought to this country by Roman soldiers and was an entirely male religion, obviously in our updated version we’re into equal opportunities Mithraism!

Many churches particularly those dedicated to St Micheal (who took over as the patron of soldiers after paganism was banned) are built on top of Mithraeums, the temple in which rites of Mithras would be performed. These buildings would be long and thin and dimly lit with seating down each side and a Tauroctony, an image of Mithras slaying the sacred bull, at one end. There would be three pillar altars: one fire altar, one font and one other.

This is ours:

mithraem

And our main altar complete with bad latin:

mithras altar

 

Mithras did not want to slay the bull when he was ordered to so his head is turned away. The bull bleeds wheat and seeds and from its body grew all the loveliness of nature.

In front of the Tauroctony was placed offerings of bread including spelt bread which would have been the type of bread the Roman soldiers would have eaten, we found wine called ‘Sange del Toro’, fruit (oranges seemed appropriately solar), flowers, spiced biscuits, vegetables and beef stew and other lovely things.

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The ritual was adapted fromĀ  the Paris Magic Papyrus 574 (Supplement grec de la Bibliotheque nationale), the date of which is fixed with every probability as the earlier years of the fourth century A.D. The only changes that were made to it were to break up the parts for a narrator, an invoker and a chorus to make it workable for a group.

It was an excellent ritual and wonderful feast, one which we may be repeating next year!