Ordo Templi Orientis
was co-founded by Theodor Reuss, a member of the german
secret service. O.T.O. is a magical group practising tantric
sex magic, kabbalistic rituals and drug experimentation.
On April 21, 1912, twelve years before the founding of MGM,
was appointed National Grand Master General of O.T.O. for
Great Britain and Ireland. In 1925 Crowley became Outer
Head of the Order(OHO).
Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (Order of the Temple of the
East, or the Order of Oriental Templars) is an international
fraternal and religious organization. For its teachings
and principles of organization, it was the first organization
to accept the Law of Thelema, as re-presented by Crowley,
which is expressed as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole
of the Law.”
the early 1940s the U.S. based O.T.O. Lodge, Agapé,
was led by 'Jack'
Parsons (1914-1952), a Los Angeles based rocket sciententist.
was co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JLP) with
Ed Forman. Along with Forman and Frank Malina the 'suicide
squad' tested rocket fuel in the Mojave desert and developed
a successful rocket technology which was taken up by the
US Military at the end of WW2. During his early years, when
Parsons dreamt of space travel to the moon, he developed
a relationship and exchange of ideas with german rocket
O.T.O. structure is initiatory, with a series of degree
ceremonies, which the U.S. Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis
states is similar to that of Freemasonry. The O.T.O. also
includes the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica or Gnostic Catholic
Church, which is the ecclesiastical arm of the Order. Its
central rite, which is public, is called Liber XV, or the
Gnostic Mass. O.T.O. claims over 3000 members in 58 countries;
about half of these are in the United States.