December 2020

The Gnosis Endures

Holy Nicholas of Myra

Our religious services and lecture programs are open to the public and presented free of charge, at historic Besant Lodge (street parking only). Your generous contribution is welcome and very much appreciated.

First-time attendees are advised to call (323) 467-2685 in advance.

Friday Lecture Series resumes from March 2020

Understanding and Interpreting Dreams


The five-book Greek treatise Oneirocritica (The Interpretation of Dreams), written in the 2nd century AD by Artemidorus, is a manual on dreams, their classification, and interpretive tools. Dr Hoeller resumes the lecture series interrupted in March with an examination of the recently published book An Ancient Dream Manual, edited by scholars Peter Thonemann and Martin Hammond, giving new insights into Artemidorus’ work.

Friday December 4
Artemidorus and the Dream
Introducing the first dream interpreter within a universal context.

Friday December 11
How to Interpret the Dream
What can be learned from the treatise Oneirocritica (The Interpretation of Dreams), a seminal dreambook for the ages.

Friday December 18
God-Archetypes in Dreams
From Artemidorus, to Carl Jung and Depth Psychology.

Homily for Advent Sunday

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Ecclesia Gnostica

Holy Observances for December, 2020

Sunday December 6
The Second Sunday in Advent
Cease to seek God in created things on the outside, but seek Him within thyself; and thus learn who it is that takes possession of thee and says: “My God, my consciousness, my understanding, my soul, my body.”

Holy Nicholas of Myra

Sunday December 6
Day of the Holy Nicholas
Bestower of the gifts of the spirit.

Sunday December 13
The Third Sunday in Advent
The Messenger of Light, who comes at the right time and assumes the form of the true church and human flesh, and acts as leader within righteousness, chooses the personalities of his disciples and then frees them, both those of the Elect and those of the Hearers; …

Sunday December 20
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
The ever coming Redeemer gave us glory and joy, and jubilation, happiness and peace and hope, and faith and love and truth which changes not.

Ribera - St Thomas

Monday December 21
Day of the Holy Apostle Thomas
Jesus said to his disciples: Make a comparison to me and tell me who I am like. […] Thomas said to him: My mouth will in no way declare whom thou art like. Jesus said: I am not thy Master, because thou hast drunk, thou hast become drunk from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.

Holy Raphael Archangel

Tuesday December 22
Day of the Holy Archangel Raphael
And the angel said unto them: Bless God, praise him and magnify him and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live.

Friday December 25
Christmas Day
” … For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill.”

November 2020

Esoteric, Occult and Spiritual Los Angeles

New Friday Lecture Series
Since the early 20th Century our city functioned as the center of Esotericism in the United States. Dr Hoeller has been active in the Los Angeles esoteric milieu since the 1950s, and will discuss the nature, the history, the past and future of these currents.

Please note: In October The Gnostic Society resumed weekly Friday evening lectures presented by Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller. Attendance is now by invitation. Those interested in attending may call (323) 467-2685 to arrange for an invitation. Seating is limited.

Friday November 6
Los Angeles, the West Coast Occult Capital
How the “burnt over district” of New York State reincarnated in California.

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Friday November 13
Spirits, Yogis and Seers in Southern California
Mediumship, Hindu Spirituality, Healers and Magicians.

Friday November 20
Theosophists, Philosophers and Rosicrucians in California
Including Krotona, Manly P. Hall, Max Heindl and Besant Lodge.

Friday November 27
No Lecture
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Ecclesia Gnostica

Holy Observances for November, 2020

Sunday November 1
The Day of All Saints
“The saints shall exist in the light of the sun, and the elect in the light of everlasting life, the days of whose life shall never terminate; … “

Homily for the Day of All Saints

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Monday November 2
The Day of All Souls
“Remember them, O Lord, in Thy kingdom, the faithful souls whom we knew but see no longer … “

Sunday November 8
The Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity
“Be not fearful of the flesh, nor love it. If thou fear before it, it will become master over thee …”

Sunday November 15
The Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity
“His disciples said to Him: When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come? He said to them: What you expect has come, but you know it not. …”

Friday November 20
The Day of All Gnostic Saints
“Especially do we praise and thank Thee today for the holy and enlightened teachers and knowers of truth … and all the holy souls and wise sages who have in any way or form, under whatsoever guise and appearance attained to and taught the true and ancient Gnosis of God.”

Sunday November 22
The Sunday Next Before Advent
“Jesus said: If you bring forth that within yourselves, that which you have will save you. If you do not have that within yourselves, that which you do not have within you will kill you.”

Sunday November 29
Advent Sunday
“Seek, all of you, after the Light, so that the power of your Soul that is in you may live. Do not desist from seeking by day and by night, until you find the purifying mysteries of the Light which refine the body of matter and make it a pure Light very refined.”

Holy Sophia Meditations for November