J.D. Gunther & Phanes Xº in Austin, TX


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Heart of Blood is pleased to announce a weekend with J. Daniel Gunther and Frater Phanes Xº near Austin, TX. For this special event, we’re happy to welcome Frater Phanes Xº on his first speaking appearance in the United States. A public celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass will conclude the weekend.

The event will be held on September 2 & 3, 2017 (Labor Day weekend) at the beautiful McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Cedar Creek, TX, and is co-sponsored by Scarlet Woman Lodge O.T.O. Read more about event details, admission, and onsite lodging below.

The Speakers:

J. Daniel Gunther

J. Daniel Gunther is highly respected and revered by his students and peers alike. Considered one of the world’s few genuine authorities on the doctrines of Thelema, his lectures and presentations have been hailed as dynamic revelations of Thelemic doctrine, while his engaging question and answer sessions demonstrate his collegial approach and sincere commitment to student learning.

Daniel has been an Aspirant to the A∴A∴ for over forty years. In 2009, his first book, Initiation in the Aeon of the Child: The Inward Journey, brought to the public for the first time many of the teachings and instructions of the A∴A∴, and offered a new audience these transmitted doctrinal insights and revelations. These teachings were further elaborated in his second book The Angel and the Abyss: The Inward Journey, Books II & III. Daniel is a standing member on the Editorial Board of The Equinox. He has spoken at numerous O.T.O. bodies worldwide.


Phanes Xº

Frater Phanes has been the Frater Superior Representative in Italy since 2006 e.v. and has served as National Grand Master General of O.T.O. Gran Loggia d’Italia since 2014 e.v. He is an Aspirant to the Great Order. His essay “Gathered Into Their Fold” was published in the book Success Is Your Proof: One Hundred Years of O.T.O. in North America.

O.T.O. Gran Loggia d’Italia

The Talks:

The Visions of the Pylons : A Journey Into the Starry Abode (J.D. Gunther)

Over forty years ago, and over a period of just under a year and a half, Brother Gunther took on the role of Seer in an experiment that was recorded by his faithful Scribe, Brother Richard Gernon. The purpose of this experiment was to explore the Pylons of the Duant or “Starry Abode” referred to in Liber LXV and also in the classic Pyramid Texts. The results, and the Seer’s subsequent analysis thereof, have been recorded and are still awaiting publication. Brother Gunther will discuss this working, known as “The Visions of the Pylons,” its significance, both in the Seer’s own initiation, and how it may be of assistance to others on the path.

Art, Alchemy, Initiation and Healing: Opus Alchymicum and the Occult Symbolism of Visual Art (J.D. Gunther)

Recently Brother Gunther’s Opus Alchymicum was published, after the initial drawings were made some thirty years ago and then almost lost in his attic. Once re-discovered, their significance as a healing tome, both for Brother Gunther, and for others who have viewed them has become well known. How does this relate to the experience of the artist in creating the Opus drawings, and how visual art in general relate to the alchemical and initiatory experience? Daniel will talk about the creation of Opus Alchymicum but will also discuss several other works of his own art, several of which will also be on exhibit during the event.

Weekend Schedule (to be confirmed):

Friday, September 1
5:00 PM – Onsite lodging check-in and social gathering

Saturday, September 2
8:00 AM – Breakfast for onsite guests
10:00 AM – Talk by J.D. Gunther
11:30 AM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Talk by Phanes Xº
3:00 PM – Talk by J.D. Gunther
5:00 PM – Dinner

Sunday, September 3
8:00 AM – Breakfast for onsite guests
10:00 AM – Talk by Phanes Xº
11:30 AM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass
5:00 PM – Dinner

Event Registration:

Registration is now open; admission is $120 per person. Click the PayPal button to register for the event; you can change the quantity of guests and enter guest names during checkout.


(In the coming weeks we’ll also offer single day passes for $75 per person.)

Event Lodging:

Onsite Lodging

We’re happy to offer onsite dormitory-style lodging at the inexpensive rate of $85 per person for two nights (including breakfast). Since you’ll be sharing sleeping quarters with up to 20 people—some of who are strangers and of the opposite sex—, please make sure you read, and are in agreement with, the following onsite lodging rules before you register:

  • Always respect the privacy of others by being quiet and respectful.
  • Community showers are available; their use must be coordinated among occupants.
  • No alcohol or drugs are permitted.
  • No smoking is permitted.

Click the PayPal button to register for onsite lodging.


Offsite Lodging

For offsite lodging, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is located right next to McKinney Roughs. There are several hotel options in nearby Bastrop, TX, approximately 10 miles East.

Location & Directions:

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is located in Cedar Creek, TX, approximately 20 miles East of Austin. See the map and address below for directions.

McKinney Roughs Nature Park LCRA
1884 Hwy 71 West
Cedar Creek, TX 78612