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Edited and Compiled by
A R Naylor
P R Koenig
Published by Order of the Literary Executor for Aleister Crowley
498 pages — many photographs and documents
£ 29.99 US$ 49.95
Essex House, Thame, England. OX9 3LS.
CONTENTS PART 1: INTRODUCTION Birth and Development of the O.T.O. Amazing Maze Structure and Practises of the O.T.O. Groups A note to the Constitutions, the Rituals and the Instructions PART II: CONSTITUTIONS & GUIDING PRINCIPLES Ancient Order of Templars Constitution, 1906 Hermetic Science College, 1906 Manifesto of the Mysteria Mystica Maxima, 1912 Mysteria Mystica Maxima, Constitution, 1913 Preface to Revised Rituals and Synopsis of the Grades, 1914 Ancient Order of Templars Constitution, 1917 Liber LII, Manifesto of the O.T.O., 1919 Liber CLXI, Concerning the Law of Thelema, 1919 Liber CI, An Open Letter to Those Wishing to Join the Order, 1919 Liber CXCIV, An Intimation with Reference to the Constitution of the Order, 1919 Programme of Construction and the Guiding Principles of the Gnostic Neo-Christians, O.T.O., 1920 System of the O.T.O. (Magick Without Tears, 1944, published 1954) What is Freemasonry (Confessions, 1929) PART Ill: RITUALS & INSTRUCTIONS Mysteria Mystica Maxima, 1906, Initiation into the First Degree Reuss-O.T.O. 1918, 1° Crowley-O.T.O. 1° (very early, in masonic style and non-thelemic) Crowley-O.T.O. O° Minerval I° Man II° Magician III° Master Magician and Devotion IV° Lodge of Perfection, Perfect Magician Council of Princes of Jerusalem V° Sovereign Prince of the Rose-Croix VI° Knights Templar of the Order of Kadosch Liber LXX, 1916 Reuss-O.T.O. VII° Grand Councillor of the Mystical Templars Crowley-O.T.O. VII° Instruction, De Natura Deorum Reuss-O.T.O. VIII° Knight of the Rose and the Cross Crowley-O.T.O. VIII° De Nuptiis Secretis Deorum Cum Hominibus Reuss-O.T.O. IX° Parsifal and the Secret of the Graal Unveiled Crowley-O.T.O. IX°: Energized Enthusiasm The Ship Two Fragments of a Ritual - The Supreme Ritual - A Ritual to Invoke HICE The Ritual of Passing through the Waters The Ritual of Passing through the Earth Secrets of the IX° Agape vel Liber C vel Azoth Liber CDXIV: De Arte Magica Liber CCCXLIII: Amrita Emblems and Mode of Use, 1942 Grimorium Sanctissimum Liber XXVI: Star Sapphire The Eucharist by Clément de Saint-Marcq (1906) Of the Eucharist and of the Art of Alchemy, 1929 Patriarch of the Gnostic Catholic Church, 1944 Manifesto of the Gnostic Catholic Church, 1944 Liber XV: Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae Canon Missae Liber CLXXXVI: Gnosticorum Missa Minor Reuss-O.T.O. X°, ca. 1920 Crowley-O.T.O. X° De Homunculo Epistola, 1914 Crowley-O.T.O. XI° Crowley-O.T.O. XII°: William Bernard Crow, 1948 Reuss-O.T.O. Instructions An Insight into Yoga: Mystic Anatomy, 1913 Hermetic Brotherhood of Light, 1917 Gnostic Neo-Christians, 1917
Is the content overlapping with Francis King's Secret Rituals of the O.T.O. (London 1973) and if so to what extent?
There is some overlap, aside from King's introduction everything in Secret Rituals is here with the addition of the following:-
Some extra details to rituals Of Secret Marriages of Gods & Men has additional Latin titles, and an extra section not previously published. Liber Agape has illustrations
Aside from that there is also:-
An early Crowley (pre-Thelemic) OTO initiation ritual.
De Arte Magica
Emblems & their Mode of Use
Various details from the VIIIth, IXth & Xth degrees not in King's book
It has a 60pp Introduction which discusses the birth of the Order, it operation in various countries and the history of the various claimants of the OTO crown. The use of the OTO lamen is traced back to France in 1893.
Considerable Reuss material, initiation rituals, instructional texts.
Many articles by Crowley considered to be illuminating concerning OTO mysteries and sex magick are presented.
There is considerable material (50pp) concerning the Gnostic Catholic Church including the Eucharist de Saint-Marque, the Manifestos of 1944, Lesser Mass of the Gnostics.
It also has some speculations concerning the XIth degree
XIIth degree material deriving from W.B.Crow. It publishes the documents by which Crowley made Crow head of the Gnostic catholic Church, and head of the Scottish, Memphis & Mizraim rites, and by which Crow declared himself to be Rex Summus Sanctissimus XIIth degree OTO in 1948.
It is dedicated to literary executors of Aleister Crowley's will, recognising both Louis Wilkinson and John Symonds as being IXth degree OTO. It was a surprise to realise that John Symonds is the one and only surviving member of the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis of the O.T.O. as acknowledged directly by Aleister Crowley.
DO PLEASE NOTE. There is material concerning OTO initiations. Those working these initiations may wish to avoid reading them preferring to experience the ritual before reading it. However, it has a good contents page, so these pages can be easily sealed if desired. I am sure you are all well able to make your own decisions in this matter.
Scattered On The Floor
Browsing Through The Rituals