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“So sayeth this our Book of the Law. We respect Woman in the self of Her own nature; we do not arrogate the right to criticise her. We welcome her as our ally, come to our camp as her Will, free-flashing, sword-swinging, hath told Her, Welcome, thou Woman, we hail thee, star shouting to Star! Welcome to rout and to revel! Welcome to fray and to feast! Welcome to vigil and victory! Welcome to war with its wounds! Welcome to peace with its pageants! Welcome to lust and to laughter!”

-Commentary to The Book of the Law, III:55

Membership in Ordo Templi Orientis is based upon a tiered initiation system. Primarily, candidates advance to successive degrees through the satisfactory completion of associated ordeals and instructions. Ultimately, advancement to the highest degrees is by invitation only.

If you are seriously interested in joining our most holy order, we would urge you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or consult our Calendar of Events and make a plan to attend some of our public events so that we may acquaint ourselves with each other. For, we do not take our initiations lightly and require that each candidate for non-invitational degrees acquire the signatures of two members of at least the degree of application to serve as sponsors vouching for the candidate.

The first degree, named Minerval, is actually numbered "0" in sequence as it prefaces all the full degrees and allows the candidate to participate in the order as a "welcome guest." Having only partial rights and responsibilities, a Minerval can experience the O.T.O. as an observer, surveying the order until the decision is made for a more formal commitment in the subsequent degrees.

Ask the Body Master or a Chartered Initiator for details.

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