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Purpose and Mission of O.T.O.

Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. is the U.S. Grand Lodge (National Section) of Ordo Templi Orientis, a hierarchical, religious membership organization. Our mission is to effect and promote the doctrines and practices of the philosophical and religious system known as Thelema, with particular emphasis on cultivating the ideals of individual liberty, self-discipline, self-knowledge, and universal brotherhood. To this end, we conduct sacramental and initiatory rites, offer guidance and instruction to our members, organize social events, and engage in educational and community service activities at locations throughout the United States. – United States Grand Lodge Mission Statement

O.T.O. operates local bodies throughout the world; most members participate directly in one or more of them.  Most local bodies offer classes on magick, ritual, kabbalah, and other topics of interest to practicing Thelemites. Many bodies perform the E.G.C. Gnostic Mass on a regular basis. Other common local activities include performance of group rituals, publication of a newsletter or journal, and cooperative activities with other local alternative-religious groups. To find a local body near you, check out the contacts page on the U.S. Grand Lodge website.

O.T.O. in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Since 1988 EV, Ordo Templi Orientis has maintained a strong presence across the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex, working within the duly chartered body of Bubastis Oasis. We perform regular initiations into the Order, and hold classes and group rituals open to members and non-members alike. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Joining O.T.O.

For most people, “joining O.T.O.” means “becoming an initiate member of O.T.O.” Initiate membership is available to every man and woman who is free, at least 18 years old, and of good report (see below). As described on our initiation page, O.T.O. initiations are conferred through a physical ceremony conducted by a chartered initiator. Initiations are almost always held at O.T.O. local bodies, most commonly Oases and Lodges. The introductory initiation into O.T.O. is known as the “Minerval” or 0°.

Therefore, the path to becoming an initiate member of O.T.O. involves contacting a nearby or otherwise convenient local body which conducts Minerval initiations (see our local bodies page), obtaining an application for initiation from that body, and submitting it along with the appropriate dues and fees.

In order to establish “good report”, your application must be signed by two sponsors who are already I° initiates of O.T.O. Prospective sponsors will generally want to get to know you before signing your application, which may involve your attendance with them at several local body events, or time spent with them privately.

Types of membership

There are two primary types of membership: initiate membership and E.G.C. membership.

As discussed above, initiate membership requires a physical ceremony performed under the auspices of an O.T.O. local body. Information on the initiatory structure of the O.T.O. and the dues and fees schedule for membership are also available.

Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.) is the ecclesiastical arm of O.T.O. It offers lay membership conferred through the ceremonies of baptism and confirmation. Lay membership confers no special privileges. To find out about E.G.C. rituals in your area, see the local bodies list and contact a body near you.

Membership policies

Privacy: Membership in O.T.O. is private. Names and addresses of members are kept confidential from the general public and from the bulk of O.T.O. members. O.T.O. officers (including local body officers) are provided with information about members on a need-to-know basis. For example, a member wishing to attend an initiates-only event at a local body may have her membership status confirmed by Grand Lodge in response to a query by the local body master; similarly, Grand Lodge officers in the Treasury and newsletter offices will have access to the member information required to do their jobs.

Non-discrimination: There shall be no consideration of race, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation when considering the fitness of candidates for admission, advancement, or appointment to office within Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.

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