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


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

Heart of Blood was proud to present a weekend with J. Daniel Gunther and Frater Phanes Xº, National Grand Master General of O.T.O. Gran Loggia d’Italia, on his first speaking appearance in the United States.

Throughout the weekend, attendees got to enjoy an exhibition of paintings by J.D. Gunther and watercolors inspired by Liber LXV, designed by Joshua Adam Sharp and painted by Sophia Horodysky. Art prints and books by J.D. Gunther were also available for purchase.

A public celebration of Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass concluded the weekend.

The event took place on September 2 & 3, 2017 at the beautiful McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Cedar Creek, TX (25 miles east of Austin). It was co-sponsored by Scarlet Woman Lodge O.T.O.

Read more details about our event program, speakers, talks, admission, and onsite lodging below.

Event Schedule:

Friday, September 1, 2017

  • Onsite lodging check-in
  • Meet and greet with Phanes Xº (location TBA)

Saturday, September 2, 2017
8:30 am – Breakfast for onsite guests
10:00 am – J.D. Gunther: “Art, Alchemy, Initiation and Healing: Opus Alchymicum and the Occult Symbolism of Visual Art”
1:00 pm – Phanes Xº: “Congregation of the Eternal (Part 1)”
4:00 pm – Phanes Xº: “Congregation of the Eternal (Part 2)”
6:00 pm – Dinner (onsite)

Sunday, September 3, 2017
8:30 am – Breakfast for onsite guests
10:00 am – J.D. Gunther: The Visions of The Pylons: A Journey Into the Starry Abode”
2:00 pm – Liber XV: The Gnostic Mass (open to the public)

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 AA 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 AA, 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.

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