Originally posted by 7th_Chakra
what exactly are the OTO? I have a picture/drawing of 2 members carrying some form of Ark in black robes, pentagram on the ark. Those same beings I
saw in my dream. (I dreamt them before I saw the picture of course).
Alistar Crowley was something do to with the OTO no?
Ordo Templi Orientis is a fraternal and religious organization composed of followers of Thelema, the occult religion instituted by Aleister Crowley,
who is regarded as the major Thelemic prophet. In its fraternal form, it is similar to Freemasonry; in fact, the original pre-Crowleyan O.T.O. was
founded in an attempt to merge two extinct Masonic Rites: the Oriental Rite of Memphis and Egyptian Rite of Mitzraim. The O.T.O.'s Masonic basis did
not last long, and the Order was soon opened to women and non-Masons, as was the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
In its religious aspect, the O.T.O. houses the Ecclessia Gnostica Catholica, or Gnostic Catholic Church. Its center celebration is the Gnostic Mass,
which was written by Crowley. Anyone may attend the Mass, but only initiates of the O.T.O. qualify for the priesthood, as well as episcopal and
diaconate offices in the Church. Females are admitted on an equal level with men, and may become priestesses and bishopresses. The Frater Superior (or
Soror Superior, as the case may be) of the O.T.O. is Pope of the Gnostic Catholic Church by virtue of that office.
The Church practices baptismal rites, a Gnostic Eucharist, last rites for the dying, and other sacerdotal functions for Thelemites.
The O.T.O. proper is technically composed of 9 degrees (which include several side degrees), an honorary X°, and a special XI° which focuses on an
aspect of the Magickal Formula of the IX°.
The degrees are as follows:
I° Man and Brother (or Woman and Sister)
III° Master Magician (this degree qualifies the recipient to be a priest or priestess in the Gnostic Catholic Church).
IV° Class A. Perfect Magician and Companion of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch
IV° Class B. Perfect Initiate, Prince (or Princess) of Jerusalem
Side Degree: Knight (or Dame) of the East and West
V° Class A. Sovereign Prince (or Princess) of the Rose Croix
V° Class B. Member of the Senate of Hermetic Philosophers
VI° Class A. Knight (or Lady) of Qadosh
VI° Class B. Grand Inspector Inquisitor
VI° Class C. Prince (or Princess) of the Royal Secret
VII° Class A. Theoreticus (this degree also qualifies the recipient to be a bishop in the Gnostic Catholic Church).
VII° Class B. Magus of Light
VIII° Class A. Pontiff of the Illuminati
VIII° Class B. Epopt of the Illuminati
IX° Initiate of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis
[edit on 10-9-2004 by Masonic Light]