OTO is an international society of men and women who aspire to spiritual self-realization. We believe that every person has an essential nature or path in life that is unique to each individual, which we call True Will. This Will is the expression of one's deepest, most genuine self which acts in perfect accord with the Universe. This belief is the basis of a mystical system called Thelema, whose central activity is the Great Work of discovering and manifesting one's own True Will.
OTO does not claim to know what anyone's True Will is—no one can, and that's why we don't have "gurus" or spiritual authorities. However, we do offer an environment wherein members can potentially discover it for themselves, which we accomplish through the use of various ceremonies, esoteric education, and the development of supportive communities.
I joined OTO in 1995 at Scarlet Woman Camp, and I retired from active participation in 2008. You can see a list of my major Order activities in my brief resume, Milestones.
The following essays are my observations regarding the Order. They are not really beginner-level works, in that they require a fair bit of knowledge regarding the history and organization of OTO. They are strictly my own personal opinion, and do not necessarily reflect the policies or point of view of OTO.
An Examination of Liber CI An in-depth exploration of Book 101, "An Open Letter to Those Who May Wish to Join the Order," written by Crowley in 1917 detailing OTO members' duties and privileges, along with numerous institutional projects and services of the Order.
The Threefold Nature of OTO OTO has three interconnected aspects: the Path of Initiation, creating a Spiritual Society, and Promulgation of the Law.