Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Welcome to the Australian Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) homepage. Grand Lodge is a chartered national section of O.T.O. International Headquarters, authorised by Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta XII°. Grand Lodge operates as a non-profit, incorporated religious association with branches across Australia. The Order has a long history here, from the work of Frank Bennett in Sydney in the early 20th century, to our reorganisation throughout Australia in the early 1980's authorised by our late Caliph, Hymenaeus Alpha (Grady Louis McMurtry, 1918-1985). We were chartered a Grand Lodge in 2006 under the leadership of Grand Master Shiva X°.
Our Order is dedicated to securing the Liberty of the Individual and we train our groups by way of progressive initiation. The foundational course of training displays in dramatic form what we refer to as the Path in Eternity. The successive stages of this Path instruct the aspirant in the Mysteries of Existence, illustrated by allegory and symbol, and integrated by word and deed. These rites are also used to bring out the best in our members, developing moral qualities such as courage, honour and virtue. Progress beyond the introductory grades is by invitation only. The Fifth Degree is the natural-stopping place of the majority of men and women in our ranks, and signifies a certain attainment to the Royal Road and Royal Art of our System, enabling the aspirant to achieve heightened levels of beauty, harmony, joy, peace, and well-being, within and without. It represents a degree of initiated insight, wisdom and equilibrium seldom achieved in the mundane world and equips the aspirant to live a balanced and well-ordered life, with an inner awareness of life’s True Sacrament. The higher degrees require renunciation in service to the Order and gradually confer upon the aspirant the Magical Secrets which constitute adeptship in our System, that is, a Master of Life.
Grand Lodge intentionally maintains a minimalist website. The best way to find out about our Order is to undertake a serious study of the authorised editions of the works of Aleister Crowley (refer to the O.T.O. Curriculum in the official A.·.A.·. publication of Book Four) and to experience the introductory initiations or Degrees of O.T.O. and participate in the life of our lodges.
Beyond our initiations, our regional groups also offer supplementary classes, study programs, activities and publications. Grand Lodge issues national publications, educational materials, and maintains for members Facebook, Twitter & other media forums.
We place great emphasis on unity in diversity, and the bonds of our Order. Members are considered and treated as 'brothers' and 'sisters'. We come together to celebrate our central ritual, the Gnostic Catholic Mass (Liber XV), and members that are interested are given opportunity to become Priests, Priestesses and Deacons of our Church. In Australia, we are still relatively young and constantly developing, with plenty of opportunities for members to contribute, bring out the best in themselves, have fun, learn, serve their brethren and help in our humanitarian mission to promulgate and celebrate the Law of Thelema in the world.
All genuine Aspirants will find welcome in our Order.
Love is the law, love under will.