Join the Brothers of Libertyville Lodge for the second Stated Meeting of April. This meeting is also the Annual Meeting of Libertyville Lodge where we will deal with all year-end matters, including the election of officers for the 2019-2020 Masonic Year.
Dinner will be served at 6:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm.
Join Libertyville Lodge in welcoming a new Brother to the craft as we put on a First Degree. Please note that this degree will be taking place at Rising Sun Lodge in Grayslake.
There will be a dinner served at 6:00pm and the degree will start promptly at 7:00pm.
You can purchase tickets to the event using Eventbrite on Facebook HERE
May 10th - Celestial Intelligences: The Syncretic Angelology & Spiritual Ascent of Renaissance Philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
This presentation will explore the syncretic ideas of Italian Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (“Pico”) (1463-1494) and his angelology in order to interpret the process of spiritual ascension that he prescribed in his Oration (1486). This process drew from philosophic and western wisdom traditions but primarily involved the emulation of angels. Central to Pico’s spiritual system was a philosophical analysis of specific characteristics of angelic orders and their hierarchy. Pico developed his own unique arrangement of traditional Jewish and Christian angelic orders to support his anthropology. He argued that humans have the potential to not only walk among the angels, but, in fact, fully to unite with the divine without human mediation even before death. Inextricably intertwined with Pico’s angelology was the biblical story of Jacob’s ladder and its symbolism, as well as the Jewish Kabbalistic Tree of Life, and the ancient tradition from which it originated. Pico’s conception of the Cherubim as the angelic order that could, by example, guide humanity to an individual gnosis, or even theosis (union with, or metamorphosis from human to divine), demonstrated his syncretic thinking, combining elements of both tradition and originality.
About Greg Kaminsky:
Brother Greg Kaminsky is a scholar of Western esotericism, recently completing a graduate degree in Medieval Studies. Greg has been a lifelong student of history, religion, and esotericism since his upbringing. In addition to pursuing these interests academically, Greg is the creator, producer, and co-host of a long-running podcast (Occult of Personality) that explores the esoteric with authors and experts in the field. His desire to create the podcast in 2006 began with a life-long compulsion to learn more about ancient civilizations, world religions, symbolism, and the underlying hidden wisdom which they contain, but only convey to the initiated. With well over 180 episodes completed and thousands of listeners every month, the podcast continues to grow in popularity and prestige. As part of the journey to learn about the esoteric while doing the podcast, he was initiated into several traditions including Freemasonry.
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This is one ticket and both nights! You can come to both or just one. Same price. This is an extremely rare opportunity.
May 9th - The Kabbalistic Alchemy of David Chaim Smith "Kabbalah for understanding. Alchemy for practice. Gnosis for truth."
In this presentation, Greg will talk about the theory, symbolism, and practical aspects of contemplative mysticism as expounded in Smith's work. Additionally, he will cover some of the material included in Smith's upcoming book Bath of Bright Silence (Now available), including the resurrection and reanimation of a contemplative practice that originated with the thirteenth-century Iyyun circle. "Deep Principles of Kabbalistic Alchemy elaborates upon an array of symbols designed to guide the reader toward the ground of all phenomena, referred to as En Sof (no end) in kabbalah. The material is presented in clear yet esoteric terms, free from the common tendencies of psychologization, new-age dilution, and religious mythology.
It is a rare opportunity for deep consideration of profound mysteries that cannot be summarily addressed with conventional language and theoretical speculation, ultimately offering a living tradition into a rare and powerful style of mystical practice."
Copies of David Chaim Smith's most recent two books Deep Principles of Kabbalistic Alchemy and the new Bath of Bright Silence will be available for purchase!
About the Author:
"David Chaim Smith was born in 1964 in Queens, New York. His early career was as a visual artist throughout the 1980s. In 1990 he began an immersion into the root sources of Alchemy and the Hermetic and Hebrew traditions of the Kabbalah. In 1996 he abandoned visual art for a total dedication to spiritual practice, from which came a unique blend of practical mysticism and creative innovation. This blend coalesced while working with an obscure thirteenth-century text called The Fountain of Wisdom, which he mapped out diagrammatically in notebooks during his ten-year hiatus from visual art. The resulting symbol vocabulary served as the basis for his 2006 return to art, generating the content for several books. He currently lives in the suburbs of New York City with his wife, Rachel."
Join Libertyville Lodge #492 for our second Stated Meeting of April. This is also our Annual Meeting when we will wrap up business for the 2017-2018 Masonic Year and also elect our officers for the 2018-2019 Masonic Year.
Dinner starts at 6pm. Meeting starts at 7pm.