FAQ

WHAT IS THE O.T.O.?

The letters O.T.O. stand for Ordo Templi Orientis, the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East. O.T.O. is dedicated to the high purpose of securing the Liberty of individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.

Ordo Templi Orientis is the first of the great Old Aeon orders to accept the Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley in 1904 EV. This book proclaims a New Aeon in human thought, culture and religion. The Aeon arises from a single supreme injunction: the Law of Thelema, which is “Do what thou wilt”.

This Law is not to be interpreted as a license to indulge every passing whim, but rather as the mandate to discover one’s True Will and accomplish it; leaving others to do the same in their own unique ways. “Every man and every woman is a star.” The Law of Thelema can ultimately be fulfilled only through the individual efforts of each person. Nevertheless, many worthy aspirants to the Great Work of Thelema 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.

O.T.O. was originally affiliated with European Masonry but is no longer a Masonic organization, though it shares some terminology and traditions with Masonry. The O.T.O. operates local bodies throughout the world; most members participate directly in one or more of them.

(The above text is taken from the O.T.O. U.S. Grand Lodge website at oto-usa.org . That website also contains a wealth of other information on the O.T.O., including an online library wherein you may read the Book of the Law, the text of the Gnostic Mass, and many other Thelemic documents.)

ABOUT 418 LODGE

418 Lodge was chartered in 1979 under the leadership of Phyllis Seckler, also known as Soror Meral. Phyllis was a prominent figure in the history of the O.T.O. and in the A.:A.:, as any brief web research will inform you. The Lodge was relatively quiet during the 1990’s, but became more active again in 2002. Some months before her death in 2004, Soror Meral passed the Mastership of the Lodge to David S., who is once again serving as Master at this time after several years of Anna T.’s able leadership.

Many 418 Lodge events are held in a separate Temple building which is located behind a private home on a lot in Del Paso Heights (Sacramento). The Temple was built as a joint effort by local initiates over the course of 2004 and 2005. The surrounding gardens and fish pond were designed in tribute to Soror Meral’s Oroville temple and grounds, and we believe they now hold the spirit of 418 Lodge as Phyllis had created it, at her home in Oroville. The Temple building is referred to as the “Soror Meral Building” in our calendar. The exact address is given out to sincere seekers upon request.

418 Lodge also holds many classes and public events at a mid-town space known as the Jane Wolfe Annex, located at the 25R Arts and Theatre Center; 1723 25th Street, loft E, at the corner of 25th and R Streets. (See the calendar page for exact directions.)

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER?

This is our most frequently received question. The first step is, simply, to get to know us! Almost all of our Masses, and most of our classes are open to the public. Come celebrate with us, and get a sense of whether the energy of our group and our rituals is right for you and your path. The Minerval is the very first initiatory degree of the O.T.O.; you may request the application at any time and return it to a Lodge officer when completed. After you have visited with us at three or more events, you should have a feeling for our group of initiates (and vice versa), and should be able to obtain the two sponsors necessary for your Minerval Degree application, if you so choose.  On occasion, guests visit with us for a very long period before deciding to seek initiation; this is perfectly acceptable if it is your Will.