Theodor Reuss — Ordo Templi Orientis rituals

Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon
Theodor Reuss Rituals
Carl Kellner
Franz Hartmann

Sexmagical Instructions
Scottish Rite
Royal Arch
Rose Croix
Hermetic Brotherhood of Light
Rudolf Steiner
Chevalier Le Clément de St.-Marcq

Edited by Peter-R. Koenig

The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon — O.T.O. lamen — affiche du 3e Salon de la Rose et Croix de Peladan 1886 — dessin de Gabriel Albinet

The researcher will find a choice of Reuss' original O.T.O. initiation rituals (Scottish Rite, Cerneau, Royal Arch, Rose Croix, Albert Pike and Laffon de Ladebat and Memphis-Mizraim derivations) that have been altered by Aleister Crowley for his English branch. Reuss never used Crowley's rituals (re-modelled between 1912 and 1918) and wanted the Ordo Templi Orientis and Crowley's concept of Thelema to be kept strictly separated: there is evidence that Crowley was expelled from the OTO in 1921.

Carl Karl Kellner Academia Masonica Ordo Templi Orientis Hermetic Brotherhood of Light Hallein
Carl Kellner
Theodor Reuss Peregrinus Ordo Templi Orientis O.T.O.
Theodor Reuss
Aleister Crowley Baphomet Ordo Templi Orientis O.T.O.
Aleister Crowley

English version: O.T.O. — Early Years and Development.
Deutsche Version: Zur Geschichte des Ordo Templi Orientis.
Versione italiano: Ordo Templi Orientis — I primi anni e la sua evoluzione.
Traduccion castellano: O.T.O. — Original y su Desarrollo.

Theodor Reuss, Rudolf Steiner, Aleister Crowley

Joanny Bricaud: Notes Historique sur le Rite Ancien et Primitiv de Memphis-Misraim.
    По русски: Древний и Изначальный Устав Мемфиса-Мицраима: Исторические заметки.
Reuss O.T.O. Lamen

Sar Peladan — Babylon — Theatre de la Rose Croix

On-line articles on Theodor Reuss

At considerable cost Laban de Laban had O.T.O. contracts ratified on November 20th 1917. He was granted permission to open his own Masonic lodges in accordance with the O.T.O. statutes.
On November 3rd 1917 at its inaugural meeting, Laban became the first Grand Master of his 'Mystic Temple'.

More photos of Laban de Laban, Ida Hofmann, Henry Oedenkoven, Mary Wiegmann and many others in the gallery.
Laban de Laban – Monte VeritaLaban de Laban – Monte VeritaLaban de Laban – Monte Verita

Theodor Reuss Rudolf Laban de Laban Vertrag Ordo Templi Orientis 1917

1917 Vertrag / Contract Theodor Reuss — Laban de Laban

Theodor Reuss Hans–Rudolf Hilfiker Laban de Laban Ordo Templi Orientis 1917

1917 Vertrag / Contract Theodor Reuss — Hans–Rudolf Hilfiker

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Laban de Laban Theodor Reuss

1917 Theodor Reuss — Laban de Laban
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Laban de Laban Hans Rudolf Hilfiker Mary Wiegmann Theodor Reuss

1918 Theodor Reuss — Laban de Laban, Hans–Rudolf Hilfiker, Mary Wiegmann
[Robin P. Marchev: "Wahrheitssucher und Schwindler. Aus der Chronik der Loge Libertas et Fraternitas. 1916-1925." Oberengstringen 1990.]

Hans Rudolf Hilfiker Engelhard Pargaetzi Rolf Merlitschek Martin Bergmaier Theodor Reuss

1919 Theodor Reuss — Hans–Rudolf Hilfiker, Engelhard Pargaetzi, Rolf Merlitschek, Martin Bergmaier
["Materialien Zum O.T.O."]

Ordo Templi Orientis: "Hermetic Brotherhood of Light"/Order of the Asiatic Brethren

© of the translations: P.R. Koenig

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Pre-Ordo Templi Orientis

Theodor Reuss Outer Head of the Ordo Templi Orientis — Caput Ordinis

Ordo Templi Orientis

Theodor Reuss Ordo Templi Orientis Memphis Misraim Stationary

The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon — Theodor Reuss to Aleister Crowley — Hermetic Brotherhood of Light Theodor Reuss to Aleister Crowley, 1917

English: Theodor Reuss and the Brothers of Light in the Seven Churches of Asia. The origins of Brotherhood of Light of Theodor Reuss.
Deutsch: Die Brueder des Lichtes der sieben Gemeinden in Asien. Theodor Reuss' Hermetische Bruderschaft des Lichtes.
Français: Les Frères de Lumière dans les Sept Églises d'Asie. Les origines de la Fraternité de Lumière de Theodor Reuss.

After Aleister Crowley was expelled from the O.T.O., the rituals were completely purged of any thelemic references. Regarding his antidemocratic, racist and misanthropic writings, current followers point out: "The reason [...] aspects of Thelema are omitted [in public discussion] indicates the actual problem with presenting Thelema as a religion and attempting to get Thelema sanctioned by the government or approved by the public: Thelema is ultimately in contrast to and transgressive of normative society. Thelema rejects the morals and values of normative society and acts to transgress and violate these norms. From the inclusion of intoxicants in ritual, to the positive view of sexuality, which frequently is seen as promoting promiscuity, to the pro–authoritarian and Nietzschian aspects of Thelema, normative society has much to reject in Thelema and conversely, Thelema encourages its adherents to reject most aspects of normative society.". See The Templar's Reich.

  • After Theodor Reuss had expelled Crowley from the O.T.O., he planned several new enterprises, e.g. T.A.W.U.C. (the collaboration with A.M.O.R.C. called The A.M.O.R.C. World Union Council) in December 1921.
The Ordo Templi Orientis Phenomenon — collaboration between O.T.O. and A.M.O.R.C

  • Regarding the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light, the F.R.A., AAORRAC, the Societas Rosicruciana in Germania et Austria and T.A.W.U.C., Reuss wrote his Einladung for 1922.

  • Ernst Tristan Kurtzahn: Die Gnostiker und die Unsichtbare Kirche. Mitglied von Reuss' O.T.O.: über asketische Sexualmagie.
      English translation: The Gnostics. — 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.

Some of these rituals and instructions are published in their original German, English or French version in following print books:


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