Magick is the Art and Science of causing
change to occur in conformity with the Will. Our form of Magick
is spelled with a "K" to distinguish it form
stage magic and prestidigitation. We are practitioners and teachers
of Alchemy, Qabala, Divination, Ritual Magick, Yoga, and related
disciplines, all aimed at furthering the Spiritual Evolution
of humankind and achieving the Great Work.
Aleister Crowley was a prominent British
author, poet, philosopher, mountain climber, and Magician who
lived from 1875-1947. In 1897 he was initiated into the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult society under the direction
of S.L. MacGregor Mathers. It was here that Crowley began his
lifelong dedication to the study and practice of Magick.
The Book of the Law
On April 8th, 9th, and 10th of 1904
a spiritual entity known as Aiwass dictated Liber
AL vel Legis (The Book of the Law) to Crowley in Cairo, Egypt.
This book contains 220 verses in 3 chapters, and heralds the
dawning of a new aeon in human development. It brings a message
of spiritual freedom and personal emancipation to all of humanity,
communicated in a philosophy known as the Law of Thelema.
The Law of Thelema
Thelema is a Greek word meaning "will".
The Law of Thelema may be stated as: "Do what thou wilt
shall be the whole of the Law." This assertion recognizes
the absolute right of every human being to follow his or her
true course of existence without interference. It is further
elaborated by the phrase: "Love is the law, love under
will" indicating the manner by which this right is to
be ensured. We believe that every person possesses a True Will
which he or she may follow to achieve complete harmony and absolute
fulfillment throughout life and beyond. Our Order exists to support
and encourage the flowering of this True Will for everyone. The
Rights of Mankind in their simplest form are given in Liber
Ordo Templi Orientis
The Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) or
Order of the Temple of the East, was founded in 1902 as a secret
society of high-ranking Freemasons in Germany. In 1922 Aleister
Crowley assumed leadership of the O.T.O. and revised its rites
to conform to the Law of Thelema. Today the O.T.O. is active
in 58 countries, with growing membership of over 4,100 people.
We are a serious, secret Order, pledged to the high purpose of
securing the liberty of the individual and his or her advancement
in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge and Power through
Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.
Every free man and woman of full age has the right to initiation
up to the Third Degree. For more information on the initiation
system of the O.T.O., check out this letter
from Magick Without Tears.
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.),
or the Gnostic Catholic Church (the Church), is the ecclesiastical
aspect of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). The E.G.C. is a Thelemic
religious environment, dedicated to the advancement of Light,
Life, Love, and Liberty through alignment with the Law of Thelema.
The central activity of the E.G.C. is the celebration of the
Gnostic Mass, as set forth in Liber XV,
composed by Crowley for O.T.O. and E.G.C. in 1913. Lay membership
in E.G.C. is available through baptism and confirmation. Members
of O.T.O. in good standing are eligible for clerical ordination
in E.G.C. Members of II° and higher (or even I° in some
situations) are eligible for ordination as Deacon, and those
who have reached K.E.W. are eligible for ordination as Priest
or Priestess. Many O.T.O. local bodies celebrate the Gnostic
Mass on a regular basis, and in most locations, no formal affiliation
is required to attend the Mass.
As an official body of the Ordo Templi
Orientis, RPSTOVAL Camp is dedicated to the goals and functions
of the Order itself: To assist the individual in the discovery
and accomplishment of his or her True Will. We will provide this
assistance by way of Initiation and through the regular performance
of the Gnostic Mass. Classes, workshops and group ritual shall
supplement these when and as appropriate. We will also provide
a social atmosphere conducive to this work of personal discovery.
So that all might find health & wealth & strength &
joy & peace and that fulfillment of will and love under will
that is perpetual happiness.
Send all inquiries to RPSTOVAL
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