THE “O.T.O. TEACHINGS AND INITIATION SYSTEM” PROGRAM
Since ancient times, human beings have been striving to find the meaning of their own existence and to realize their own self. Who am I? Whence and where do I go? What do I want? What can I do? What do I have to do? How? With time, the search for the answers to these and many other questions took the form of operative philosophy, the Great Work.
Throughout history, this philosophy has been embodied in the doctrines and methods of various schools. One representation of this kind is the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis, Order of the Temple of the East, Order of Oriental Templars), an influential Western initiatory organization founded in the early 20th century and existing today in numerous versions around the world (O.T.O.A., T.O.T.O., C.O.T.O., B.O.T.O., U.R.-O.T.O., Ordo Templi Occultis etc).
Its founder, Theodor Reuss (1855-1923), had conceived O.T.O. as an academy of Freemasonry and a genius factory. A remarkable contribution to the development of this conception has been made by another prominent O.T.O. representative, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), who has modified the Masonic degrees for the work with the most important existential events (conception; birth; life; death) and transcendental states (non-being beyond death; illusiveness of one’s self and the world; abandonment; utmost might; absolute collapse).
The O.T.O. teachings have also incorporated the most important occult strands: Hermeticism; Qabalah; Yoga; traditions of the Templars, Rosicrucians, Freemasons, and Illuminati; and many other influences. All these systems have for a long time dealt with the question of human attainment, and therefore their experience, interpreted through a contemporary doctrine, is of a special value.
In order to perform the Great Work at present, one needs to assimilate the existing basis. This knowledge gives one a sense of direction and makes one able to comprehend, discern, prevent recurrence of past mistakes, avoid repetitiveness, see prospects, and move ahead. One is able to realize these possibilities with the “O.T.O. Teachings and Initiation System” program, the first ever adaptation of the O.T.O. system of attainment for full-fledged remote work.
The program’s author and instructor is the Head of the B.O.T.O., Fr. Aumgn.
Assistant – Secretary General, Fr. Arcturus.
II. The Program’s Structure
The program is organized as a succession of the O.T.O. initiation degrees.
0° – Minerval.
I° – Man.
II° – Magician.
III° – Master Magician.
IV° – Perfect Magician & Companion of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch. The Degree of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem – Perfect Initiate. The Degree of the Knight of the East & West.
V° – Sovereign Prince of the Rose-Croix and Knight of the Pelican and Eagle. Member of the Senate of Knight Hermetic Philosophers, Knights of the Red Eagle.
VI° – Illustrious Knight Templar of the Order of Kadosch & Companion of the Holy Grail. Grand Inquisitor Commander, Member of the Grand Tribunal. Prince of the Royal Secret.
VII° – Sovereign Grand Inspector General. Member of the Supreme Grand Council.
VIII° – Pontiff of the Illuminati.
IX° – Perfect Illuminatus. Initiate of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis.
X° – Sovereign Grand Master. Supreme and Holy King.
XI° – Baphomet.
The initiation into 0° to VI° requires working through the O.T.O. guided meditations that are based on the initiation ceremonies, while the initiation into VII° to XI° consists in carrying out special instructions. The reports on the accomplished work are submitted for approval and serve as a basis of the degree’s recognition, which is confirmed by the respective charter.
III. The Program’s Advantages:
— Rationality – one needs neither trust in any authorities nor accept any beliefs
— Freedom – one needs neither take any oaths nor make any commitments to doctrines or organizations
— Openness – there is no need to keep secrets of the past that have lost their relevance
— Immediateness – one doesn’t need an approval of any intermediaries to advance through the degrees
— Mobility – there are no restrictions related to the participants’ location
— Speed – there is no point in extending the working through of the O.T.O. initiation system over decades
— Fullness – an access to all the O.T.O. degrees
IV. Expected Results:
— Mastering the skill of consistent, systematic and orderly work aimed at initiatory attainment
— Mastering the doctrines (Qabalah, Yoga, Thelema) and methods of the Western magic tradition (meditation, astral projection, ritualistics, divination, theurgy, sexual magic etc)
— Initiatory realization in accordance with the O.T.O. initiation system
— The ability for critical reevaluation of the legacy of the past, and the shaping of understanding of the specifics of the Great Work at the present stage
V. Work Format
The “O.T.O. Teachings and Initiation System” program is implemented on Moodle, an e-learning platform available at initiation.b-oto.org. The program consists of the 12 degrees (0°-XI°). The duration of each degree is 1 to 2 months. The work within the program requires 3 to 7 hours a week for studying the materials and completing their respective tasks. Going through the program implies a flexible schedule. It is also possible to clear any backlogs during the last week before the end of the degree’s term. Otherwise the participant receives a systematic exposition of materials allowing him or her to work with them independently with his or her own schedule. Any completed tasks are examined, commented on and evaluated. When working through the degree, any participant of the Program has a possibility to receive a comprehensive tutorial.
The price of any individual degree is $93.
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Going through the degrees is possible in an individual or group format. In order to enroll, one needs to send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying:
— Full name
— Degree requested
— Preferred time for starting the work
— Payment information
Any additional questions should be directed to the abovementioned address.