Society Ordo Templi Orientis


Baphomet Lodge

Introduction from Soror Queen of Swords

Lodge Master of Baphomet Lodge

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law


Let all those know who would have spirit of the Great Work and the aspiration to initiation. Who follow the Path of Magick who are called Thelemites the Baphomet Lodge is the Santurary of Initiation and the spirit of the New Aeon.

I, Soror Queen of Swords proclaim that I am gathering the children into our fold that the glory of the stars will bring us to the truth of the omnipresnece of Her Body & the consiousness of continuity of existence.

Let all those who read these words know that we will awaken the Higher Magick together and to join us is to join with those of sincerity of self determination where the spiritual enlightenment being intiation might awaken within our beings.

Love is the law, love under will

Liber XXV: The Ritual of the Star Ruby

Facing East, in the centre, draw deep deep deep thy breath, closing thy mouth with thy right forefinger prest against thy lower lip.  Then, dashing down the hand with a great sweep back and out, expelling forcibly thy breath, cry:

With the same forefinger touch thy forehead and say ΣΟΙ. thy member, and say Ω  ΦΑΛΛΕ thy right shoulder, and say ΙΣΧΥΡΟΣ; thy left shoulder, and say ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΟΣ; then clasp thine hands, locking the fingers, and cry ΙΑΩ.

Advance to the East.  Imagine strongly a Pentagram, aright, in thy forehead.  Drawing the hands to the eyes, fling it forth, making the sign of Horus, and roar ΘΗΡΙΟΝ.  Retire thine hand in the sign of Hoor-paar-Kraat.

Go round to the North and repeat; but say NUIT.

Go round to the West and repeat; but whisper BABALON.

Go round to the South and repeat; but bellow HADIT.

Completing the circle widdershins, retire to the centre and raise thy voice in the Pæan, with these words ΙΩ  ΠΑΝ with the signs of N.O.X.

Extend the arms in the form of a Tau, and say low but clear:

Repeat the Cross Qabalistic, as above, and end as thou didst begin.

Manifesto of Society Ordo Templi Orientis

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law

The Society Ordo Templi Orientis, or Temple of the Orient, O.T.O. ( a clearer explanation of the initials is given to Initiates of the II°), is at presently Internationally represented by the O.H.O., the Outer Head of the Order, whose immediate delegates for the profane world are the Holy Kings and Queens, and the Directors of the Society Ordo Templi Orientis. (O.T.O.) The purposes of the Society Ordo Templi Orientis are simple, and are succinctly described in Liber CL. Greater Understanding of the need for those purpose, however, as well as greater efficiency in the struggle to establish them, need application and study. Therefore a Reading Curriculum has established to satisfy the basic necessities of Candidates to the Order.

Reading Curriculum

All Books written by Aleister Crowley.

The Commentaries of AL by Aleister Crowley & Marcelo Motta

Official Preliminary Documents of the O.T.O. Includes Marcelo Motta's famous Letter to a Brasilian Mason & other papers essential to comprehension of political theory for Thelemites.

Gold Coins, Precious Jewels and Sparkling Diamonds. These three Commentaries are written by David Bersson & present new perceptions & material that has never before presented to Thelemites.

Golden Bough by Frazer

Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage

Books on Feminism: essential for both male & female members to study the tendencies of the Thelemite Current in the world regarding the woman girt with the Sword.

(Confer Liber AL, Chapter III, verse 11.)

Books on Ancient Egypt; essential for Thelemites studying the Link with Antiquity.

The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics by Ann Cutler and Rudolph McShane. This volume has proved valuable for the preliminary discipline in the study of the Kabbalah.. (Confer Liber AL; Chapter I, verse 25.)

Dress for Success and The Women's Dress for Success Book, by John T. Molloy.

Serious students are referred to the Book of the Law, dress ye all in fine apparel. The above two books are the sensible and pellucid books for Thelemites on fine apparel presently in existence. They are not presented in this Manifesto as dogma but only as a possible basis for a Thelemite Wardrobe. We can only look forward to a time when books on fine garments will be written by Thelemites. (Confer Liber AL, Chapter I, verse 51.)

The Structure of the O.T.O.

The Society Ordo Templi Orientis, (O.T.O.) is organized in Lodges to which may belong men and women of all races and social levels. Any human being who can pass through the Initiatic Ordeals has a right to the First Degree. The Lodges are under the responsibility of Masters of Lodge, who may be of any race, sex or social position and who are monitored by regional Directors. In some cases a Outer Circle Lodge Master III°, is under the Authority of a IV° Director.

The Outer Circle Lodge Master is a State Representative and the Director is in charge of more than one State. (This, in the U.S.A.) The Society Ordo Templi Orientis is divided into Three Circles:

Outer Circle: Includes the I° through III°.

Initiation to the next Circle can only be done by recommendation of a Director to the Supervisor General or O.H.O. with official invitation.

Inner Circle: from the IV° to VI°

Secret Circle: from the VII° to IX°

Beyond these Grades there are two more of a purely Administrative nature: the X° , to which belong the Hierophants, Kings, and Queens who are National Grand Masters and the O.H.O..

(The Kings and Queens are never paired: Confer Liber AL, Chapter II, verse 15, the last line. If a woman becomes a Queen she is assigned a Hierophant from the Hidden Hierarchy.)

The O.H.O. is the International Grand Master. And the XI°, whose Authority is purely Spiritual, is out of the normal structure of the Order unless emergency calls He or She forth. His or Her function in the world is absolutely secret to all those but the National Grand Masters and none of them know if they really know! No member of the Order can publicly acclaim their Grade openly after IV° expect the National Grand Masters & the XI°.

The XI° observes no rules but acts under emergencies according to His or Her Oaths from the Inner & Secret Circles. The size and extent of Our Movement is permanently secret to the profane world. Our Secret Head, (who may or may not be the XI°), communicates directly only with the National Grand Masters who communicates directly with our Directors, (or in some cases Outer Circle Lodge Masters, III° who communicates only with our Lodge Masters, who communicates with our Lodge Members.)

Although we cannot, in a Manifesto meant for the general public, unveil the nature of the Work of the Grades, especially in the Inner and Secret Circles, a brief description of the titles (which indicate the main activity or some cases a blind) of each of the Grades may be useful to intuitive temperaments.

I° Attraction to the Solar System (Birth).
II° Thelemic Behavior on Earth (Life).
III° Lordship or Ladyship of Earth (Death).
IV° Freeman or Freewoman.
V° Squire or Damsel.
VI° Knight or Dame.
VII° Novice. Watcher. Sentinel.
VIII° Deacon or Deaconess. Inspector. Herald.
IX° Priest or Priestess. Judge.
X° Holy King or Holy Queen. Outer Head of the Order.
XI° This Grade has neither title or description.
It corresponds to a certain High Grade in the A∴A∴.

In reality, there exist only Three Grades for those of us who are called Thelemites. These correspond to the Circles: Man of Earth includes from the I° to the III°, Lovers from the IV° to the X°, the members of the XI° to hold an office below their Grade in the hierarchy, but they cannot reveal that they hold the XI° Such was the case of Karl Johannes Germer.

The Society Ordo Templi Orientis monthly fee is five percent of the monthly income of any member and this five percent is accumulated by the members of the Lodge Master & thirty percent of this goes to the Director and ten percent of this goes to the Grand Master. If a Lodge only has one member the full five percent goes to the Grand Master. Expense accounts can be delegated to any member of any Grade at any time by permission by any member of the Secret Circle with approval of the Grand Master.

Contributions are not screened, but if by a concurrence of circumstance it becomes evident that some member is deliberately contributing less than five percent of his or her total monthly income, that person is immediately expelled and barred from readmission. Besides the monthly fee, members are encouraged to contribute to the smooth workings of the Lodge to which they belong, either with toil or gifts. Advancement in the Grades, however, does not depend on donations, or from the size of one's monthly fee: it is gauged from the evidence of moral and intellectual dedication to the Order. Advancement in the Grades brings increased responsibility, and therefore demands strength of character and purity of motives. The Keynote is Service. Both the Reading Curriculum and the rules established in this Manifesto are subject to change by Us at any time.

Love is the law, love under will.

Frater Superior