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.
Spermo-Gnostics and the Ordo Templi Orientis
Introduction to the "Ascetic and Libertine Gnostics" [version July 99]
Deutsche Version: Sperma-Gnosis und der O.T.O.
Traduccion castellano: Ordo Templi Orientis: Espermo-Gnósticos
Tradução portuguesa: Os Espermo-Gnósticos e a Ordo Templi Orientis
Ceská verze: Asketictí a Libertinstí Gnostikové
Traduse in romana: Sperma-Gnoza
The Correct Gnosticism: the ascetic roots of the O.T.O.
Smoke Gets In Your Aiwass. All about Angels and Abramelin [two parts]
Anal Intercourse and the O.T.O.
J.S. Doinel: La gnose de Valentin, avril 1890
Jules Stany Doinel: Première homélie, septembre 1890
J. Doinel: Restauration de la Gnose, septembre 1893
J.S. Doinel: La fraction du pain, mai 1894
J.S. Doinel: L'appareillamentum, juin 1894
J.S. Doinel: Restauration de la Gnose , 1894, english PDF
Fabre des Essarts: Conciliation gnostique, mai 1895
Czesław Czyński — Punar Bhava, Martinism,
Gérard Encausse — Papus, Mysteria, Oriflamme, Theodor Reuss, VII° Ordo Templi Orientis, Order of the Illuminati, Eglise Gnostique Universelle, Baphomet in Polen, Jan Korwin-Czarnomski, Mikołaj Mikołajewicz Czaplin, Stanisław Sławomir Jastrzębiec-Kozłowski.|
Rafal T. Prinke: Polish Satanism & Sexmagic
Zbigniew Lagosz: NA OBRZEZACH RELIGII I FILOZOFII CZESLAW CZYNSKI
Theodor Reuss and the Gnostic Churches
Chevalier Le Clément de St.-Marcq: "L'Eucharistie". About the Sacred Spermatophagy. Reuss said that this book of 1906 contained the ultimate secret of the OTO: the more sperm you eat, the more the manifestation of the Christ takes place within you: no women necessary for that.
Facsimile re-printed in: P.R. Koenig: "Der Grosse Theodor Reuss Reader", ARW, Muenchen 1997; Reuss called this pamphlet a revealing of the central secret of the OTO: only sperm contains the Logos: no women needed. Reuss wrote to Le Clément the following meaningful lines (we carefully reproduce his jargon): "I enclose two numbers of the "Oriflamme" which will show you that the Order of the Oriental Templars is in possesion of that same knowledge contained in your "L'Eucharistie"". In effect, we find in the "Oriflamme", published in 1912, this, which clears the matter: "Our Order is in possession of the key which opens all the masonic and hermetic secrets: it is the doctrine of sexual magic, and this doctrine explains, leaving nothing in the dark, all masonic symbolism, every religious system". The quote is in chapter X (La question du satanisme) of René Guénon's "L'Erreur Spirite", originally published in 1923.
Role-model for Reuss'/Crowley's Gnostic Mass: The Tridentine Ritual.
Theodor Reuss' invitation: Congress der Foederation der Universellen Freimaurer, 1920: Joanny Bricaud's proposal to make Reuss'/Crowley's Gnostic Mass the central religion of all 18° Freemasons.
Programme of Construction and Guiding Principles of the Gnostic Neo Christians called O.T.O. (printed 1920).
The Gnostic Neo-Christians (1917).
The True Secret of Freemasonry and the Mystery of the Holy Mass (manuscript of approx.1917).
Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn, member of Theodor Reuss' O.T.O., wrote in 1925 about ascetic sexmagic in his book Die Gnostiker. About the Gnostic Catholic Church, Androgyn + Gynandria, E.C.H. Peithmann, Peryt Shou, and the immissio membri virilis in vaginam in avoidance of the ejaculatio seminis.
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.
Study a version of Stephan Hoeller's Mass that was modified by the EGA's late Primate, Roger St. Victor Herard (Tau Charles).
Facsimile of the originals of above texts can be found in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.
Some of them were scanned and converted to text by Stephen L***. Homepage: Maps and Magick.
Aleister Crowley appointing William B. Crow Patriarch of the thelemic Gnostic Catholic Church.
At various times the media published photographs of Hermann Joseph Metzger's altar of the Swiss Gnostic Catholic Church.
A gallery with photographies of some protagonists.
The Threepenny Gnostic Opera with charters of e.g. Manuel Cabrera Lamparter, William W. Webb et. al.
The Gnostic Lineages of the O.T.O.A. and related organisations and Churches.
Der O.T.O.A.-Reader contains a lot of further picture material.
"Ljuben je zakon" or "ljubav pod voljom"? O.T.O. and O.T.O.A. in former "Yugoslavia".
O.T.O. groups and O.T.O.A. in Italy.
My O.T.O.A. 1987-1991.
How William Breeze lost an Apostolic Succession.
Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua
Ein Leben fuer die Rose (Arnoldo Krumm-Heller's Gnosticism plus a description of Reuss', Crowley's and Krumm-Heller's spermo-gnosis: a comparison with the Fraternitas Saturni.)
Arnoldo Krumm-Heller's Gnostic Mass for the Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua.
Conqueror of the Grail — Arnoldo Krumm-Heller.
Le pouvoir createur [en français] — Golems et homunculi
See also: Too Hot To Handle.
The gnostic aspect of the Fraternitas Saturni: Eugen Grosche: Die Sakralen Kulte der Loge, 1930 (About Chrestos).
Eugen Grosche: Das Weltliche Kloster, 1953 (About the Saturnian Monastery).
Materialien zum OTO (facsimiles of documents: the Order Degree System, Reuss' charters, the Gnostic Mass in Brazil, the Eucharist in Brazil, Michael Bertiaux' Gnostic Church)
Der Grosse Theodor Reuss Reader (facsimile material only: e.g. Theodor Reuss' translation/collaboration of/on Liber XV: the Gnostic Mass of the Ordo Templi Orientis, as a facsimile of the German 1917-version
Reuss' and Crowley's Gnostic Mass in O.T.O. Rituals and Sexmagick
Preface of the book Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
More about all this in Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan — Jünger, Jäger und Justiz