The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon
A research project done by Peter-Robert Koenig
While the O.T.O.’s initiatory system is a sort of Kafkaesque bureaucratic club game, it has a religious association under its obedience: The Gnostic Catholic Church. One of the O.T.O.groups intends "to restore Christianity to its real status as a solar-phallic religion." In addition to tax advantages, religion supplies a commodity that is always in demand: salvation. And it would seem that some O.T.O.-variations are simply making themselves bulletproof in the context of the law in some countries.
The technical term for the bishopric in the context of the O.T.O. Phenomenon is Wandering Bishop or Episcopi Vagantes. This status is not defined by any character qualities, not by theological education or theological position. These bishops are not elected by a canonical church, nor proposed as an ordain by a suffragan and not bound to a historical episcopal see or consecrated by an 'official' bishop according to the canonical procedure.
A 'real' bishop is not a successor of a sole apostle as only the synod/college of bishops in toto are heir to the college of the apostles.
Therefore: no Wandering Bishop has a 'real' apostolic succession. There is no Holy Ghost in Wandering-Bishop-consecrations.
The instrumentum consecrationis is of no apostolic value. Nonetheless, Wandering Bishops are collectors of papers and diplomas.
In all Ordo Templi Orientis versions, the line of succession is vitally important, as it is believed that the leader is the repository of the Order’s magical power, and also has a claim on various copyrights and royalties, especially of Aleister Crowley’s work.
English Introduction to the O.T.O. History [updated September 1999].
Tradução Portuguesa: Introdução à Ordo Templi Orientis.
Tradduciõn castellano: Introducción a la Ordo Templi Orientis.
Ceská verze: Fenomén O.T.O.
Russian version .
Dutch version: Ordo Templi Orientis.
Chinese translation: "Intro to the O.T.O."
Traduse in romana: Introducere in Ordo Templi Orientis.
Joanny Bricaud: Notes Historique sur le Rite Ancien et Primitiv de Memphis-Misraim .
Theodor Reuss — a sort of biography [updated].
Ceská verze: Theodor Reuss jako zakladatel esoterickych rádú — Preklad dokumentu.
A letter from Francis X King to John Symonds about Theodor Reuss.
Karl Germer about Theodor Reuss and succession.
Gerald Yorke about the real Outer Head of the Order (OHO).
Gerald Yorke to Swinburn Reuben Clymer.
Theodor Reuss' O.T.O. rituals © with an introduction.
Information about Aleister Crowley's O.T.O. rituals.
A.P. Eberhardt: Von den Winkellogen Deutschlands [O.T.O., Illuminati, Memphis-Misraim, etc.].
Short Biography of Aleister Crowley.Consider the O.T.O. non existent.
Traduccion castellano: Consideraban a la O.T.O. como no existente.
Ceská verze: Veritas Mystica Maxima.
Letter from Engelhard Pargaetzi to Hans-Rudolf Hilfiker, April 4, 1920: Quarrell in Theodor Reuss' Swiss O.T.O. lodge. Declaration that the relations between the Grand Orient and Theodor Reuss were definitely past history.
Dutch version: Theodor Reuss en Rudolf Steiner.
Traduse romana: Rudolf Steiner: niciodata membru al vre-unui Ordo Templi Orientis.
Online facsimile documents regarding Reuss and Steiner.
"Gestatten, Under-Cover Agent Peter-R. König" — Ein Interview für die FLENSBURGER HEFTE zum Thema "Feldzug gegen Rudolf Steiner".
H. Spencer Lewis and Theodor Reuss.
Dutch version: Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua.
Dance the Adolf Hitler. Krumm-Heller and his Hitlerianismo. Aleister Crowley and his dreams about Hitler.
Of Booksellers And Other Grand Masters of the O.T.O.: Detailed biographies on Heinrich Tränker, Karl Germer, Henri Birven, Spencer Lewis, C.H. Petersen, Eduard Munninger — and their relation with the O.T.O. under Reuss, Crowley and Metzger — containing Henri Birven's "Obituary on Karl Germer" with interesting details about Crowley in Berlin in 1930.
H.D. H: Mein Besuch bei Heinrich Traenker. A.M.O.R.C., Martin Erler, ORA, Heinrich Traenker, Pansophie, H.J. Metzger, Schweizer O.T.O., Schikowski.
Felix Lazerus Pinkus — Hermann J. Metzger's spiritual father and Grandmaster of the O.T.O. in Switzerland.|
Thelema in Appenzell ? (containing an interview with Hansruedi Giger).
The Psychosophical Publishing Company: Metzger's publishing firm and connection to Franz Bardon, Lanz Liebenfels, the Ordo Militiae Crucis Templi, Memphis Misraim, the Argenteum Astrum, and his thoughts on Thelema.
H.J. Metzger's Manifesto 1963 — With biographical notes on Karl Germer.
Karl Germer: Never the OHO of Crowley's O.T.O.
Karl Brodbeck: Der Illuminatenorden.
Texts by Leopold Engel:
Carl William Hansen — Denmark.
Friedrich Lekve — Dreamland Thelem Chassidim — Martha Kuentzel. With links to texts.
C.H. Petersen — Abramelin in the Abbey of Thelema.
Gnosis on Stage: Friedrich Mellinger. With H.J. Metzger's Manifesto of 1963.
Karl Germer's correspondence with Friedrich Mellinger about H.J. Metzger, Pinkus, Grosche and Traenker.
Aleister Crowley appointing Kenneth Grant as his 'successor as Outer Head of the Order of the Templi Orientis' in 1947? History of a Fake.
Material on and from the Typhonian O.T.O.
Eugen Grosches Eindeutschung von Kenneth Grants O.T.O.-Manifest von 1955.
History of the 'Caliphate': Mysteria Mystica Maxima. A Song of the Whitewash.
About Jack Parsons in Nikolas and Zeena Schreck: Demons of the Flesh.
News about the 'Caliphate', a firm or club from 1977 and its version of the instrument of "apostolic succession" (with a MP3 tape).
All we want is a 'Caliph': Minutes of the Special Ninth Degree Caliphate Election Held September 20/21, 1985.
Oscar R. Schlag: self-styled 'last grey eminence'. Jane Wolfe, Marcelo Ramos Motta, Choronzon, Karl Germer, H.J. Metzger.One O.T.O. in Brazil.
Some Spicy Smacks in Russia.
Rocket to Uranus Anal Intercourse and the O.T.O. / Per Aftera Ad Astra — the XIth degree: Choronzon Club, Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua, Ordo Argenteum Astrum, QBL Alchemist Church, Rite of Mitylene."Ljuben je zakon" or "ljubav pod voljom"? — The O.T.O. in ex-'Yugoslavia'. An example of member activities.
Moosebump: the 'Caliphate' in Canada.
Stranded Bishops — Gnostic Churches in the kitchen.
Aleister Crowley appointing W.B. Crow Patriarch of the thelemic Gnostic Catholic Church.
Stephan Hoeller: Position Paper Concerning the Thelemite or Crowleyan Gnostic Churches. About the importance of magical succession without schisms; about valid and proper intention of consecrations, and that one Mass no Church doth make.
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.
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Selection of Comments – Joscelyn Godwin, Ellic Howe, Albrecht Goetz von Olenhusen, H.T. Hakl, Wolfram Frietsch, Thomas Lueckewerth, Otto Buchinger, John Patrick Deveney, Erik Davis, Richard Metzger, Jean-François Mayer, Michael D. Eschner, Bill Heidrick, William Breeze, Christian Bouchet, Kenneth Anger, Ben Fernee, Michael Staley, Michael Aquino, G.M. Kelly aka Martin, Jerry Cornelius, James Graeb, Richard T. Cole, George Elliott, Kristin T. Schnider, Genesis P-Orridge, Gion Cavelty, Bradford Verter, Angela / Angie Bowie, Christopher Hyatt, Ingo Heinemann, Manfred Ach, Dominik Tischleder, Harald Szeemann, Phyllis Seckler, Helen Parsons Smith, Gerald Suster, Timothy d'Arch Smith, Mark Parry-Maddocks, Johannes Maikowski and others
MP3 / YouTube recordings:
Marcelo Ramos Motta speaking; Oscar Schlag speaking; the voices of W.W. Webb, Michael P. Bertiaux and Annemarie Aeschbach (the female successor to the OHO H.J. Metzger in Switzerland); and a grandson of Carl Kellner remembering his grandfather: with a lot of documents.
Photographs and Documents:
More than 100 photographs and documents: Carl Kellner, Theodor Reuss, Arnoldo Krumm-Heller, Marcelo R. Motta, Oscar Schlag, charters, letters, manuscripts ...
New items posted to the O.T.O. Phenomenon website, updates and corrections [starting in March 2000].
Eating at the McKoenig: Enjoy The McKoenig Menu 2006.|
2008: Honesty is the best Policy: How the 'Caliphate' O.T.O. and William Breeze lost in a legal case.
Kristin T. Schnider: Ein weites Feld — Nachwort zu Andreas Huettl und Peter-R. König: "Satan — Jünger, Jäger und Justiz".
Marco Pasi: Lo Yoga in Aleister Crowley.
Marco Pasi: Aleister Crowley und die Versuchung der Politik.
The O.T.O.-Foundation: A new FS begets a new OTO — Censorship and Inquisition.
A section called "Collections of Re-Collections" where 36 thelemites recall 'how they became member' or remember other experiences with HOOR, the Society O.T.O., the FRA, the 'Caliphate', the OTOF, etc.
Gabriel Montenegro's correspondence with European Thelemites in the 1960s.
Marcelo Motta's "Letter to a Brazilian Mason" (Portuguese and English version).
Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn, Mitglied von Reuss' O.T.O.: Die Gnostiker und die Unsichtbare Kirche .
Rafal T. Prinke: Polish Satanism & Sexmagic.
Not O.T.O. related: Rudolf von Sebottendorff: Der Talisman des Rosenkreuzers. With a preface by Albrecht Goetz von Olenhusen.
German-English books on-line
Der Kleine Theodor Reuss Reader (statutes,
the Oriflamme, rituals and sexmagical writings) — German original version.
ABRAMELIN & Co. (about Holy Guardian Angels and other UFOs).
Parts of this book have been translated into English: Part One and Two of Smoke Gets In Your Aiwass.
Print: Der O.T.O. Phaenomen RELOAD.