Marcelo Ramos Motta and heirs in Brazil

The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon

Marcelo Ramos Motta and heirs in Brazil
By Peter-R. Koenig

[Photos at the right by Oscar R. Schlag.]
Society Ordo Templi Orientis Marcelo Ramos Motta Society Ordo Templi Orientis Marcelo Ramos Motta

The situation in Brazil is a good example of the confusion that the application of Crowley's Law of Thelema leaves in its wake. How can Freemasonry, the O.T.O., and the A.·. A.·. be combined? How is it that members of the A.·. A.·. can apparently work together in harmony, yet the very same people are at daggers drawn in their capacity as O.T.O. members? One reason might be because ordinary Freemasonry initiates physically, the O.T.O. to initiate the soul, while the A.·. A.·. is the supreme spiritual initiation.

In Brazil, Arnoldo Krumm-Heller's direct successor Duval Ernani de Paula (who was also a "comendador e chefe da Igreja Gnostica") expunged most of the Thelemic references from the Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua (F.R.A.) version of the Gnostic Mass in 1960; this was why Marcelo Ramos Motta, who had been a member of the F.R.A. since August 19 1948, began founding Thelemic groups, and made contact with Karl Germer.

Euclydes Lacerda de Almeida was one of Motta's earliest disciples (from 1961) but when there was a coup in Brazil in 1964, and the military established a dictatorship in the country, Motta was a cadet at the Military Academy in Rio de Janeiro — and all occult activity had to come to a stop. Lacerda only managed to get back in touch with Motta in 1969, and the two eventually set up a small O.T.O. group called the 'Sociedade Novo Aeon' — it was founded in 1974, and legally incorporated as an association in 1975. Read Motta's letter to Lacerda.

Lacerda was raised to the office of X° of the O.T.O. in Brazil on November 3 1974, but shortly afterwards Motta suspended him from the O.T.O. for five years. During Lacerda's brief reign as X°, Motta had started another O.T.O. group called FAAOTO (Fundação A.·. A.·. e O.T.O.) together with Oséas Saturnino de Almeida at São Paulo in 1975. In 1978, Kenneth Grant of the English 'Typhonian' O.T.O. chartered Lacerda with the VII° of that group, and later furnished him with a 'Typhonian' IX° in 1989 (which was actually a confirmation of the IX° Lacerda had received from Motta on March 25 1974).

In 1979, the FAAOTO died with Saturnino, and eventually Motta founded yet another group, called the 'Nuit Lodge of the O.T.O.·. Motta's 'Sociedade Ordo Templi Orientis no Brasil' was a legally incorporated association, and also registered the O.T.O. lamen as a trade-mark in Brazil.

Marcelo Ramos Motta Aleister Crowley Equinox Volume V No. 4. Sex and Religion, Bagh-i-Muattar, Paris Working, Wake World, Diary - V No. 3 Chinese Texts, Yi Jing, Dao De Jing - V No. 2 Marcelo Ramos Motta - Oriflamme - Equinox - Commentaries of Liber AL vel Legis

On the night of August 26-27 1987, Motta died of "mycordial infarction and pulmonary oedema". He was buried in the city of Petropolis, which is in a hilly region near Rio de Janeiro; his bones were interred in an ossuary underneath a Roman Catholic chapel in the cemetery there. His Last Will and Testament (dated October 15 1984) named William Robert Barden, Claudia Canuto de Menezes, and Daniel Ben Stone as his heirs with responsibility for continuing his version of the O.T.O.

marcelo ramos motta last will and testament
marcelo ramos motta last will and testament

Motta's death caused a number of schisms. In December 1987 de Menezes parted company from both Barden (who was now calling his Australian branch of Motta's O.T.O. the 'Foundation Parzival XI°'), and from Stone. Another former follower of Motta, and de Menezes' boyfriend, one David L. Bersson who now lived in the USA, unilaterally proclaimed himself to be the "Frater Superior of the Entire World" of the SOTO; Bersson had signed his first 'Oath and Task' in Motta's AA on January 14 1974, and his first S.O.T.O. 'Letter Patent' on Sepember 12 1977. Meanwhile, an American Motta disciple called Ray Eales concentrated his energies on Motta's A.·. A.·. (also working in "H.O.O.R." in the US) and the now independent "Gnostic Church of L.V.X".

Mr. Bersson stated in an e-mail of March 2000 that: "In conversation to me, and a few others, Marcelo Motta stated that the only successor that was worthy of following him was Claudia Canuto. And as you know, she withdrew into the silence. She never officially resigned from the Society O.T.O., however. But she left, never to be heard of again, stating she wanted to go live her own life. I am honest to say this, that I was never at any time considered for the succession from Marcelo Motta. Therefore, I can only do what I am presently doing. Exist as a lineage of AA and O.T.O. from my Superior. I certainly am one of the followers of Marcelo Motta as a pupil in good standing at the time of Mr. Motta death. But I have never claimed to be THE follower. He did name me for certain position(s) within the Order but this would turn out to be only a spiritual claim. How I am accepted with other brethren in my lineage isn't the question to are asking at all."

It is notable that many of the leading authorities in the 'Caliphate' rescension of the O.T.O. were once pupils of Marcelo Motta. Even today, Motta's original X° appointee Euclydes is viewed as the "Senior Brother in the A.·. A.·." by many 'Caliphate' adherents. But Lacerda has now severed his links with every O.T.O. group (including the 'Typhonian' O.T.O.), since he considers 'the' O.T.O. to be redundant, and is now the leader of his OTCT Thelemic Knight Templar Order, which uses Motta's rituals.

© P.R. Koenig
This is an outline from the English "O.T.O. Rituals and Sexmagick" (1999). Translated by Mark Parry-Maddocks
See also the Collection of 36 Re-Collections with more details

Marcelo Ramos Motta speaks about the O.T.O. rituals, about the A.·. A.·. and Kenneth Grant; in Portuguese, approx. 1973 (circa 620 KB).

Tradução portuguesa

Peter-R. Koenig: Introdução à Ordo Templi Orientis
P.R. Koenig: Os Espermo-Gnósticos e a Ordo Templi Orientis
P.R. Koenig: Criação Extática de Cultura
P.R. Koenig: A Aura do Fenômeno O.T.O.
P.R. Koenig: Carl Kellner Jamais um membro de qualquer O.T.O.
P.R. Koenig: Theodor Reuss: Avô da Sociedade Antroposófica?
Reuss: I° Grau
P.R. Koenig: Carl Willian Hansen – Dinamarca
P.R. Koenig: The History of the O.T.O. in America
P.R. Koenig: Uma O.T.O. no Brasil
Marcelo Ramos Motta: Ritual de Iniciação do Grau I O.T.O.
Marcelo R. Motta: Carta A Um Maçon
  • Marcelo R. Motta: Lettre à un maçon brésilien
  • Marcelo R. Motta: Letter to a Brazilian Mason UNEXPURGATED
  • Bibliographic Note and Addendum to "Letter to a Brazilian Mason by Marcelo Ramos Motta"
    Marcelo Ramos Motta to Karl Germer, July 2, 1954
    Marcelo Ramos Motta about Paulo Coelho and others
    Marcelo Ramos Motta: The Development of a Secret Society in America in the Years 1957-2000 e.V.
    Marcelo Motta palavras com Euclydes Lacerda de Almeida, 18 de dezembro de 1973
    Translation of Marcelo Motta's tape to Euclydes Lacerda, dated 1973 e.v.
    Euclydes Lacerda de Almeida: Marcelo Ramos Motta — Um Enigma
    Claudia Canuto de Menezes: Conheci Marcelo Ramos Motta nos idos anos 70
    Claudia Canuto de Menezes: I met Marcelo Ramos Motta in the 70’s
    Euclides Lacerda de Almeida: Emails to P.R. Koenig
    Marcelo A.C. Santos: A Verdadeira História do "Califado" no Brasil
    Kenneth Grant/Eugen Grosche: Manifesto da Ordem Interna "O.T.O." Orientis Britânia
    P.R. Koenig: Kenneth Grant e a O.T.O. Tifoniana
    P.R. Koenig: Plano 93 do Espaço Exterior
    Michael Staley: O.T.O. Tifoniana — Uma Breve História
    Kenneth Grant: Concernente ao Culto de Lam
    Michael Staley: Lam: O Portal
    Michael Staley: Um Instrumento de Sucessão
    Michael Staley: É Um Vento Ruim que Sopra ...
    Michael Staley: Lam Workshop
    Simon Hinton: Sua totalidade na Mente
    Fernando Liguori: Influência Tifoniana
    Fernando Liguori: A Influência Tifoniana na O.T.O. Brasileira
    Fernando Liguori: A Tradição Tifoniana
    Fernando Liguori: Ritual da Estrela Nu-Isis (LSA)
    P.R. Koenig: In Nomine Demiurgi Saturni
    P.R. Koenig: Saturno-Gnose: A Arte de Amar e Viver
    Fraternitas Saturni: A apresentação solene do Anel de Loja
    Walter Jantschik: Magia Sexual Licantrópica
    Walter Jantschik: A Animação do GOTOS
    Walter Jantschik: A Ordo Baphometis. Uma ordem mágica hermético-gnóstica

    Michael Staley, 2003: "There is no Brazilian "Typhonian O.T.O."; nor is there likely to be. No-one is authorised to act on our behalf, no-one has our blessing. All such claims are fraudulent."
    Kenneth Grant's official statement "Concerning New Isis Lodge O.T.O.", dated October 1999.
    Michael Staley, 2003: "Não existe "Typhonian O.T.O." Brasileira; nem nada semelhante a isto. Ninguém está autorizado a representá-la em nosso nome, ninguém tem nossa benção. Todas e quaisquer alegações são fraudulentas."



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