Please note that this page deals very briefly with some extremely complex topics, and as such leaves out many nuances, exceptions, and interesting details. We strongly encourage those interested in O.T.O. and Thelema to conduct more thorough research to gain a more complete understanding of these issues.
Additional Information and Resources
O.T.O. Mission Statement
Visiting William Blake OTO
Reading List for Newcomers to Thelema
Major Rituals of Thelema
Become a Member of William Blake OTO
O.T.O. Media Links
What is the EGC (Eclessia Gnostica Catholica)?
United States Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis
About William Blake OTO
William Blake OTO is the MD/DC/No VA branch of Ordo Templi Orientis (The Order of Oriental Templars or The Order of Templars of the East or O.T.O.). O.T.O, is eclectic, drawing on both Eastern and Western mystical and esoteric traditions.
William Blake OTO has been continuously operating in the area since 1992. Our local body is named after artist, writer, poet & mystic, William Blake (1757 – 1827), whose work provides a legacy embracing the core concepts of Thelemic philosophy, although he lived and died long before the 21st century. The Gnostic Catholic Church or E.G.C., in fact, recognizes William Blake as a notable link in that historic chain transmitting the light of the gnosis throughout the ages, and recognizes him as a gnostic saint.
What Sort of Activites Do You Do?
We engage in participatory rituals such as seasonal rituals for equinoxes, solstices and other holidays; celebrations of life experience such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and deaths; elemental, planetary, angelic and kabbalistic rituals; classic ceremonial magick rituals; original rituals created by initiates; and especially The Gnostic Mass, O.T.O.’s central rite.
We provide initiation as a catalyst for one’s personal development. In your initiation, you are the star of the show. Are You Interested in Initiation into O.T.O.?.
We provide classes and workshops on subjects such as alchemy, ceremonial magick, Enochian, god forms, history, herbalism, hermetic science, initiation symbolism, meditation, scientific illuminism, occult studies,
We provide classes and workshops on subjects such as alchemy, ceremonial magick, Enochian, god forms, history, herbalism, hermetic science, initiation symbolism, meditation, scientific illuminism, occult studies, kabbalah, free thought, experimental arts, ritual practices, sacred sexuality, Tarot, yoga, and more.
We are a community of individuals who come together to share our experiences, discuss occult and esoteric philosophy, share our knowledge and skills, celebrate together, argue together, dine together and laugh together. Fraternity is more than friendship; it is a bond forged by O.T.O. initiates all over the world based upon common experiences and similar points of view with a commitment to peace, truth, mutual respect, tolerance and brotherhood.
How Can I Check You Out?
Most of our events are open to guests. Please note that it is NOT a requirement to join O.T.O. to attend our open meetings and events. We’re happy to have folks who just enjoy their status as our guests, attend our events and spend time with us. We ask for donations or charge fees to help us with our operating expenses.
William Blake OTO has remained a continuously active part of the MD/DC/No VA esoteric community. Blake has also realized its goal of moving out of living rooms, basements and bookstores by maintaining a permanent, community-supported temple in Baltimore since 2008. The majority of our events are held at this location. Our space is 2367 sq ft and includes a temple, a full kitchen, a bathroom, a sitting area, a classroom area, and storage. We also maintain a large library of many titles in magick, philosophy, esoterica and the occult. See the pics of our temple space and events in the photos section.
We invite you to attend our open events. Link here to a page describing what to expect when you attend something.
This meetup is for events hosted by William Blake OTO rather than for general community announcements.
If you would like more information, please drop us an email. If an event interests you, please kindly RSVP and we will look forward to meeting you in person. If you would like to chat with us in person outside of an event, please email us and we will arrange something.