from the Manifesto of the OTO 1919 )
Salutation on All Points of the Triangle;
Respect To the Order.
All Whom It May Concern: Greeting and Health.
what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
O.T.O. is a body of initiates in whose hands are concentrated the
wisdom and the knowledge of the following bodies:
The Gnostic Catholic Church.
2. The Order of the Knights of the Holy Ghost.
3. The Order of the Illuminati.
4. The Order of the Temple (Knights Templar).
5. The Order of the Knights of St. John.
6. The Order of the Knights of Malta.
7. The Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
8. The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal.
9. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Light.
10. The Holy Order of Rose Croix of Heredom.
11. The Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch.
12. The Antient and Primitive Rite of Masonry (33 degrees).
13. The Rite of Memphis (97 degrees).
14. The Rite of Mizraim (90 degrees).
15. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry (33 degrees).
16. The Swedenborgian Rite of Masonry.
17. The Order of the Martinists.
18. The Order of the Sat Bhai, and many other orders of equal merit,
if of less fame.
does not include the A.á.A.á., with which august body it is, however,
in close alliance.
It does not in any way infringe the just privileges of duly authorized
dispersion of the original secret wisdom having led to confusion,
it was determined by the Chiefs of all these Orders to recombine
and centralize their activities, even as white light, divided in
a prism, may be recomposed.
embodies the whole of the secret knowledge of all Oriental Orders;
and its chiefs are initiates of the highest rank, and recognized
as such by all capable of such recognition in every country in the
more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the
O.T.O. included such men as: Fohi , Hippolytus, Laotze, Merlin,
Siddartha, Arthur, Krishna, Titurel, Tahuti, Amfortas, Ankh-f-n-khonsu,
Percivale, Herakles, Mosheh, Orpheus, Odysseus, Vergilius, Mohammed,
Catullus, Hermes, Martialis, Pan, Apollonius Tyanaeus, Dante, Simon
Magus, Carolus Magnus, Manes, William of Schyren, Basilides, Frederick
of Hohenstaufen, Valentinus, Roger Bacon, Bardesanes, Jacobus, Burgundus
Molensis, King Wu, Ko Hsuen, Christian Rosenkreutz, Osiris, Ulrich
von Hutten, Melchizedek, Paracelsus, Khem, Michael Maier, Menthu,
Jakob Boehme, Johannes Dee, Francis Bacon, Sir Edward Kellym, Andrea,
Thos. Vaughan, Robertus de Fluctibus, Elias Ashmole, Chau, Comte
de Chazal, Saturnus, Sigismund, Bacstrom, Dionysus, Molinos.
Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sir Richard Payne Knight,
Hargrave Jennings, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Karl Kellner, Forlong
Dux, Eliphas Lvi, Ludovicus Rex Bavariae, Franz Hartmann, Richard
Wagner, Cardinal Rampolla, Ludwig von Fischer, Papus (Dr. Encausse).
names of women members are never divulged.
is not lawful here to disclose the name of any living chief.
was Karl Kellner who revived the exoteric organization of the O.T.O.
and initiated the plan now happily complete of bringing all occult
bodies again under one governance.
letters O.T.O. represent the words Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of
the Temple of the Orient, or Oriental Templars), but they have also
a secret meaning for initiates.
Order is international, and has existing branches in every civilized
country of the world.
aims of the O.T.O. can only be understood fully by its highest initiates;
but it may be said openly that it teaches Hermetic Science or Occult
Knowledge, the Pure and Holy Magick of Light, the Secrets of Mystic
attainment, Yoga of all forms, Gnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakta Yoga
and Hatha Yoga, and all other branches of the secret Wisdom of the
its bosom repose the Great Mysteries; its brain has resolved all
the problems of philosophy and of life.
possesses the secret of the Stone of the Wise, of the Elixir of
Immortality, and of the Universal Medicine.
it possesses a Secret capable of realizing the world-old dream of
the Brotherhood of Man.
also possesses in every important centre of poĜulation a hidden
Retreat (Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum) where members may conceal
themselves in order to pursue the Great Work without hindrance.
houses are secret fortresses of Truth, Light, Power and Love, and
their position is only disclosed under an oath of secrecy to those
entitled to make use of them.
are also temples of true worship, specially consecrated by Nature
to bring out of a man all that is best in him.
O.T.O., although an Academia Masonica, is not a Masonic Body so
far as the 'secrets' are concerned in the sense in which that expression
is usually understood; and therefore in no way conflicts with, or
infringes the just privileges of, the United Grand Lodge of England,
or any Grand Lodge in America or elsewhere which is recognized by
for admission to the Order may be made personally at headquarters,
between the hours of Ten A.M. and Twelve Noon on week-days, or by
letter to the Grand Secretary General.