Ordo Templi Orientis
An unofficial, unaffiliated information portal, with documents, materials, and books about Ordo Templi Orientis
December, 2015 e.v. Ordo Templi Orientis, in association with Sekmet Books, is pleased to announce the publication of Success Is Your Proof: One Hundred Years of O.T.O. in North America.
June 13, 2015 e.v. Ordo Templi Orientis is pleased to announce the acquisition of Aleister Crowley's personal copy of The Works of Aleister Crowley (also known as “The Collected Works”) recently offered at auction by Christie's in New York.
October, 2014 e.v. International Election of Frater Hymenaeus Beta as Outer Head of the Order
June, 2014 e.v. Rutgers University Libraries, in association with Academia Ordo Templi Orientis, is holding a one-day colloquium entitled “The Soldier and the Seer: J.F.C. Fuller, Aleister Crowley and the British Occult Revival” on June 23 at Rutgers' Alexander Library in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Please click here for more details.
May, 2014 e.v. Two new Grand Lodges established (Croatia & Italy)
April 10, 2013 e.v. Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot paintings in the Venice Biennale; Thoth Tarot Restoration Project completed; Thoth Tarot copyright litigation; O.T.O. publishing news; Archival news (including Essays on Liber Legis)
June 17, 2008 e.v. UK trademark case; US copyright case; Thanks; Now, where were we?
April 4, 2008 e.v. Two important art shows in Paris featuring works by and relating to Crowley
February, 2008 e.v. Alan Ronald Miller, Ph.D., IX° O.T.O. (1943-2008)
August, 2006 e.v. OTO International Cabinet appointments
The letters O.T.O. stand for Ordo Templi Orientis—the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East. The O.T.O. is dedicated to security the Liberty of the Individual, and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power. This is accomplished through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood. The O.T.O.is in sympathy with the traditional ideals of Freemasonry, and was the first of the Old Æon orders to accept The Book of the Law.
Many aspirants to the Great Work have a genuine need for information, guidance, fellowship, or the opportunity to assist their fellow aspirants and serve humanity. Such aspirants will find welcome in O.T.O.
The structure of the O.T.O., like that of Freemasonry and the ancient mystery school, is based on a graded series of initiations, or Degrees. In these Degrees, the O.T.O. seeks to instruct the individual by allegory and symbol in the profound mysteries of Existence, and thereby to assist each to discover his or her own true Nature.
Every man and woman of full age, free, and of good report, has an indefeasible right to the introductory Degrees of O.T.O.
The O.T.O. has active branches around the world, and issues numerous periodicals in many languages. In addition to the official O.T.O. instructions and the celebration of the Gnostic Mass, many national and regional O.T.O. Lodges, Oases and Camps offer classes and study programs to their members.
Publications about O.T.O.
An index of foundational Ordo Templi Orientis documents with dates
|XV||15||Ecclesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ||1913|
|LII||52||Manifesto of the OTO||1919|
|CI||101||An Open Letter to those who may wish to join the Order||1919|
|CXXIV||124||Of Eden and the Sacred Oak||pre-1919|
|CLXI||161||The Law of Thelema||1919|
|CXCIV||194||An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order||1919|
|CCC||300||Khabs am Pekht||1919|
|O.T.O. Constitution of 1906||1906|
|M.M.M. Constitution of 1913||1913|
|Revised O.T.O. Constitution of 1917||1917|
Elsewhere at the Hermetic Library
- Confessions, Chapter 72 (Beginning with “What is Freemasonry?”)
- Pre-Crowley Pronunciamenti: Original translations into English of papers by Theodor Reuss and Carl Kellner.
- An Account of O.T.O.: By the Chevalier de Seingalt, now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher.
And there is much more at the library in the Libri of Aleister Crowley section.
Ordo Templi Orientis is the owner of the Aleister Crowley literary estate and the owner of his copyrights. For an interesting history of the Aleister Crowley literary estate and copyrights, please read this essay.
If you are seeking permission to use material from the Aleister Crowley literary estate, please contact O.T.O.'s Office of Rights & Permissions.
For the student and researcher, Hermetic Library offers the Libri of Aleister Crowley, which is the best and most comprehensive source for the digital presentation and preservation of the many books and works of Aleister Crowley available online.
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, or Gnostic Catholic Church, is the ecclesiastical arm of O.T.O. Its central activity is the celebration of Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass.
The Gnostic Mass - Liber XV
There are three versions of the Gnostic Mass that were published during Crowley's lifetime
And, there is additional material of interest
- Annotations and Commentary at The Invisible Basilica of Sabazius
Read further about the central rite of OTO and E.G.C., the Gnostic Mass, also called Liber XV
- THE GNOSTIC MASS: An Appreciation by A.T. Dennis
- Masonic Legacy: Craft Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass by Frater S∴N∴B∴
- An Analysis of the Gnostic Mass by Fr. V.I.T.R.I.O.L. & Sr. A.R.G.M.
- Introduction to the Gnostic Mass by T. Apiryon
Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis
The Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis consists of members who have reached the IX°. Their prime duty is to study and to practice the theurgy and thaumaturgy of the degree, consisting of the Supreme Secret of the Order. However, as a ruling body, they have the authority to: ratify and overturn the rulings of the Areopagus; act as representatives of the O.H.O. and National Grand Masters when need arises; fill the office of Revolutionary; vote within the Secret Areopagus; have some powers over the installation and removal of the O.H.O. and National Grand Masters.
Secret Areopagus of the Illuminati
The Secret Areopagus of the Illuminati is a philosophical Governing Body composed of those who have reached the VIII°. It has the authority to reverse the decisions of the Grand Tribunal.
The Grand Tribunal is composed of members of the degree of Grand Inquisitor Commander (a sub-degree of the VI°). Their primary duty is to hear and arbitrate disputes and complaints not resolved at the level of Chapters and Lodges.
“Before the face of the Areopagus stands an independent Parliament of the Guilds. Within the Order, irrespective of grade, the members of each craft, trade, science, or profession form themselves into a Guild, make their own laws, and prosecute their own good, in all matters pertaining to their labour and means of livelihood. Each Guild chooses the man most eminent in it to represent it before the Areopagus of the Eighth Degree; and all disputes between the various Guilds are argued before that Body, which will decide according to the grand principles of the Order. Its decisions pass for ratification to the Sanctuary of the Gnosis, and thence to the Throne.”
- O.T.O. Translators’ Guild
- O.T.O. Lawyers’ Guild
- O.T.O. Artists’ Guild
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Read about the initial meeting of Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley in Magick Without Tears, Chapter 25 and The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Chapter 72. See if you can find the IX○ secret Reuss accused Crowley of publishing in the Book of Lies, or Liber 333.
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