PEACE, TOLERANCE, TRUTH;
SALUTATION ON ALL POINTS OF THE TRIANGLE;
RESPECT TO THE ORDER.
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: GREETING AND HEALTH.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
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 a Thelemic Order which is dedicated to the high purpose of securing the Liberty of the Individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.
O.T.O. is the first of the great Old Aeon orders to accept The Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley in 1904, with its message of a revolution in human thought, culture and religion based upon 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 in 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 efforts of each individual. Nevertheless, many worthy 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 the O.T.O.
O.T.O. is a California charitable corporation and a federally recognized tax-exempt religious entity. We have proven ourselves to be the genuine O.T.O. of Aleister Crowley, both in the US Federal Courts, and by our demonstrated success in faithfully promulgating practical Thelemic philosophy through a careful implementation of Aleister Crowley's vision of the mission of the Order.
The structure of the O.T.O., like that of Freemasonry and the ancient mystery schools, is based on a staged series of initiations or degrees, most of which are conferred ceremonially. In the Rituals of these degrees, O.T.O. seeks to instruct the individual by allegory and symbol in the profound mysteries of Nature, and thereby to assist each to discover his or her own true Identity.
Every man and woman of full age, free, and of good report, has an indefeasible right to the first three Degrees of O.T.O. These Degrees follow a pattern based on the symbolism of the Chakras and the rising of the Kundalini. They also represent, in dramatic form, the Individual's Path in Eternity. In the higher Degrees, there is instruction in Hermetic Philosophy, Qabalah, Magick and Yoga, all aimed at preparing the Initiate for the revelation and application of one Supreme Secret.
In addition to the official O.T.O. instructions, many of the local O.T.O. Lodges, Oases, and Camps offer supplementary instruction to their members. The particular form of this supplementary instruction depends on the character and capabilities of the particular local body; it may be provided in the form of classes, seminars, study programs, or publications.
Love is the law, love under will.