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Society of the Evening Star


realizing the potential within ourselves

Society of the Evening Star

Seeking to bridge the gap between various belief systems through the knowledge that we all share a common goal - to invest in tomorrow by making a better world today.

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our commitment

S.O.T.E.S. has no ethical or racial bias – it is, and will remain, our ambition to manifest a cultural organization open to individuals who embrace the sameness in many cultures and religions. We educate others in this universal sense of ethics through music, art, philosophy, dance, diverse belief systems and time-honored traditions.




Society of the evening star

The Mission

Our Mission

In order to forge a better understanding of the universal language of spirituality and to break down the barriers between religions, the mission of the Society of the Evening Star is to provide an educational facility, library, housing and outdoor green space for elder leaders of world faiths and minority religions to practice, to teach and to mentor students who are searching for spiritual answers. S.O.T.E.S. firmly believes that such teaching will assist in realizing the potential within us, will manifest a better life for all within the community and will help remove many of the obstacles that prevent the enjoyment of a fuller and richer life.

What we believe...

We believe that the Universal Code of Ethics is based on wisdom, love and trust of one's self and one's neighbor and is expressed in all religious texts and teachings.

S.O.T.E.S. seeks to bridge the gap between various belief systems through the knowledge that we all share a common goal - to invest in tomorrow by making a better world today.

Who we are...

The Society of the Evening Star was founded in 1977, incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit organization based in Rhode Island. S.O.T.E.S. became a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization in 1991, and all donations are tax deductible.

S.O.T.E.S.

Special Events

Join us for our special events geared towards growing connections and benefiting the community at large.

S.O.T.E.S. Lecture Series

December 1, 2018

Mapping Divinity: The Age of Reason saw us through the late Nineteenth Century where magickal greats of the Western Mystery Traditions such as Mathers, Fortune and Crowley along with many other equally great minds promulgated the examination of diverse social practices and archetypes, as well as interconnection through our collective unconscious. A detailed description of the can be found here.


We look forward to seeing you at this workshop.

Thank You!

Your donation supports the important programs offered by S.O.T.E.S.

Our long standing vision to continually create, support and educate has been supported by the volunteers who staff S.O.T.E.S. and by generous donations. Your tax deductible donation can be made via PayPal or mail:

Your tax decductable donations can be mailed to:

S.O.T.E.S
P.O. Box 29182
Providence, RI 02909

 
 
Making a difference while shopping

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S.O.T.E.S.

Affecting continued change through outreach and ongoing education.

We firmly believe that cross-cultural education and learning can only assist in realizing the potential within us.

 

Education

S.O.T.E.S. sponsors lectures and classes on culture and world traditions. Our past schedule of events included, but was not limited to: Cabala (Jewish Mysticism), animal rehabilitation, meditation, Native American traditions and beliefs, the cycles of nature, Celtic knot drawing, mask making, herbalism and more.

 

healing

Hygeia is a healing circle whose participants are dedicated to studying and practicing the Healing Arts. Hygeia provides a place for people of different faiths to gather with the common goal of alleviating some of the pain and suffering. Methods may vary, but include herbalism, meditation, massage, chanting and prayer, to name a few.

 

compassion relief

We truly believe that all sentient beings deserve respect and compassion. S.O.T.E.S. reaches out to the community to provide relief for some of our fellow creatures. Raising funds through various means including direct solicitation, as well as partnering with other philanthropic organizations.

 

Acts of Kindness

S.O.T.E.S. partners with A.O.K. (Acts of Kindness) in raising money for and collecting clothing and food for the homeless, support of no-kill animal shelters, visiting the elderly and offsetting funeral expenses for those who cannot afford them.

 

Library

S.O.T.E.S. stocks a library of culturally diverse and educational materials.


Educational program

We offer workshops throughout the year. Please check back with us frequently. This page will be periodically updated.

We firmly believe that cross-cultural education and learning can only assist in realizing the potential within us.

 

 
Mapping Divinity

December 1, 2018

Western Mystery traditions have long explored divinity as expressed in many cultures. Magickal greats of these traditions such as Mathers, Fortune and Crowley along with many other equally great minds promulgated the examination of diverse social practices and archetypes, as well as interconnection through our collective unconscious. They facilitated these explorations of many mythologies by way of respectfully assimilating diverse deities into their own rites. This workshop will concentrate the methodology of understanding various archetypes through the lens of philosophy and ritual in the Western Mystery traditions.

Details
Gwion Vran

Mapping Divinity

Dragon
December 1, 2018

While many claim that Western Mystery Traditions have their birth in the societies of the civilizations of the ancient world, when in fact they have their genesis in the period that is now called The Age of Reason. As Europe began emerging from cultural and economic deterioration, major changes were in store social underpinnings. Europe opened it heart and mind radically reorienting politics, philosophy, science and communications.

It was under this Age of Reason that the occult lineages of Western Mystery Traditions have their beginnings. While many would romantically point to ancient civilizations such as Babylonia and Egypt as the cradle of occult thought, in fact many it was a reinvigorated sense of spiritual determination that allowed for a synergistic fresh look at ancient civilizations.

The Western Mystery tradition was born in an era wherein the acquisition of occult knowledge was sought by those who had the means to invest in formal education. It would be some of the foremost scientific minds who plumbed the mysteries of the occult.

Egregore is an occult concept representing a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind", an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. In era of Reason the basic premise of occult knowledge is that a search for hidden causes in nature may lead towards something higher than nature: absolute wisdom, supernatural power or the divine.

The Age of Reason saw us through the late Nineteenth Century where magickal greats of the Western Mystery Traditions such as Mathers, Fortune and Crowley along with many other equally great minds promulgated the examination of diverse social practices and archetypes, as well as interconnection through our collective unconscious. They facilitated these explorations of many mythologies by way of respectfully assimilating diverse deities into their own rites. This workshop will concentrate the methodology of understanding various archetypes through the lens of philosophy and ritual in the Western Mystery traditions.

We shall explore the landscape of sacred reality and the changes that we continue to see as the world becomes ever smaller and spiritual paths have many intersections.

Location, Time & Admission

This workshop is taking place December 1, 2018: 2:00 PM -- 4:00 PM at a private location in Providence Rhode Island, to be announced to pre-registered participants. The admission cost is $10. To reserve you spot, email info@SOTES.org. Please reference the workshop.

Gwion Vran

I am a lifetime New Yorker who happens to live in Providence, I live in Cranston with my lovely dog, Maxine. I am the most Sagittarius person you will ever meet, flinging myself head long into my latest endeavors with a good amount of zest, gusto and ever so fervently. By trade, I am a Graphic/Design Project Manager. I graduated from Pratt Institute with a Certificate in Graphic Design. I have spent most of my professional life in the Investment Banking industry, managing large print projects since the 1996. I am the Design Director of The Witches Almanac. My relationship with the Almanac began in 2000, firstly as a writer of several features. I have taken an active role as an editor as well.

On the magickal side, curiosity for magick and the occult began for me at the age of 10. I spent many a twilight in the woods with my robe that I made from an old bed spread that I died symbols on with berries. I knew that I was mighty (tongue in cheek) as I invoked all too many Egyptian deities with one of the few books on magick at the time firmly in my hands with each invocation.  My formal Craft training began in 1974 under the watchful eyes of Herman Slater the proprietor the Magickal Childe. I was initiated as a Gardnerian in 1978. My interest in the Occult would not be sated easily. In as many years as Magician and Witch, I pretty much consider myself a lifetime student.

We would love to hear from you

Whether your interest is to take advantage of one of our programs, guest lecture, donate or assist with our Compassion Relief, we certainly would love to hear from you!



Contact us at info@sotes.org if you have any further questions

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