OTO NZ Welcomes you
The Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) is an international religious body whose core philosophy is the principle of Thelema (a Greek word for will), as espoused in Liber Al vel Legis, or the Book of the Law. Many people come to the OTO through the introduction they have had to Thelema in the writings of Aleister Crowley. Sometimes it is an exciting and radical new concept for us, though, often, we are just responding to an inner recognition of a truth we already know.
The Book of the Law
The Book of the Law is the central, sacred text of the OTO, written (or received) by Aleister Crowley in 1904. It contains three chapters, each transcribed in one hour, beginning at noon, on April 8th, 9th, and 10th. Crowley asserts the text to have been dictated to him by an entity named Aiwass, whom later identified as his own Holy Guardian Angel (or "Secret Self").
The Gnostic Mass is the central rite of the OTO and its ecclesiastical arm, Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica; it has been performed regularly in New Zealand for over 20 years. Currently, Mass is held monthly in West Auckland. We prefer to meet with you before attending your first Mass to answer any questions you may have, so that you can fully appreciate the mysteries as they unfold.
If you are interested in attending the Gnostic Mass, please contact us.
The central aim of the OTO is to promulgate the concepts from in the Holy Books of Thelema. The essential difference between ours and other paths to enlightenment is the concept of Will, the importance of establishing one's direct relationship with God in order to discover the unique path that will further strengthen that relationship.
If you are interested in initiation, please contact us.