Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Golden Lotus Lodge is an official local body of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), located in Garden Grove, California, USA. Soror Lutea, Past Master of the body was granted the right to organize the Degrees of the M.M.M. by the National Grand Master General, Sabazius X on the 24th of April, 1999.
Golden Lotus Lodge is also the home of The Sanctuary of the Holy Grail, whose Ordained Priestesses and Priests operate under the auspices of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the ecclesiastical branch of the O.T.O., and hold regular performances of Liber XV, the Gnostic Catholic Mass. The purpose of the Mass is to “administer the virtues to the brethren,” to its members and interested public. The Sanctuary also performs the Rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and Ordination to those that meet the E.G.C. requirements.
The Lodge recognizes and honors the Rituals of the Elements and Feasts of the Times throughout the year, as well as participates in The Rites of Eleusis as set forth and written by their creator, Aleister Crowley. Additionally, many classes with guest speakers, and workshops on Thelemic thought and magical practices are offered. Golden Lotus Lodge specializes in the history, art, literature, philosophies and magic of Ancient Egypt, which so greatly influenced Crowley’s Thelema. The Lodge also possesses an extensive library of Thelemic, Egyptian and Occult literature for the viewing of its members.
Golden Lotus Lodge was so named, as the lotus is the universal symbol from Egypt that embodies creativity, fertility, purity and enlightenment. It proclaims fresh born beauty as well as resurrection, in that though the Nile may be often muddy, the flower emerges clean and pure, and is said “to enshrine the mysterious secrets of the gods.” It is also the symbol of the sun and typifies light, understanding, fruitfulness and plenitude. It is the external representation of the womb of the goddess, encompassing the divine principles of both virginity of the maiden and fecundity of the mother. The golden lotus is also known as the fourth chakra, the Anahata chakra of the heart.
Golden Lotus Lodge was opened in the name of love, that its brothers and sisters might find solace for the mind, refuge for the body, and comfort for the soul. That in this sacred space one may nurture like the opening of a lotus, the unfolding of knowledge within the self, bringing light within and giving life without. In the name of freedom, like the lotus that stretches to the surface of the water from its seed and roots in rich soil, let all find golden fulfillment in their spiritual attainments from the truths of self-born knowledge. Let this Body serve as an oasis found in the desert night, which lends a guiding light to the traveler, promising peace, nourishment and joy of heart.