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OTO degrees

By Captain Bjørn Ursfjord | April 22, 2001 | Leave a comment

Subject: Re: SV: Ordos Templis Orientalis
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 00:34:40 +0200
From: “Captain Bjørn Ursfjord” < ursfjord[at]powertech[dot]no >
Organization: PowerTech, +47-2301-0000
Newsgroups: alt.religion.wicca, alt.magick

William Edward Woody wrote in message …

<< Anyone who is alive and free and of sound mind is << entitled >> to take the OTO degrees up to the 3rd degree. I’ve heard (but again, take with a grain of salt, as I really do not know) that the 5th degree and above are by invitation. I don’t know anything at all about the requirements of the 4th degree, and I think there’s a degree between the 4th and the 5th.

And (again, as far as I recall), the degrees are “Minerval” (or 0th), 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There is no such animal as the “3rd degree minerval.” Any OTO members reading this want to clarify? >>

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The OTO actually consists of 12 degrees, from 0 (Minerval) to XI. All men and women who are free, of full age (18) and of good report has an indefeasible right to take the initiations from 0 to III. These 4 degrees are called “the Man of Earth triad”. Beyond the IV degree further advancement are by invitation only. The degree system eventually leads to initiation into the IX degree, also known as initiates of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis. This degree teaches the final secret of the magical system practised by the OTO, and the preceding degrees function as preparation to receive this knowledge by gradually initiating the candidate into the mysteries. The X degree is reserved for the Supreme and Holy King (Frater Superior) of the order, while the XI degree is said to have no direct link with the rest of the initiates and do their own magic apart from the rest of the body. Continue reading