About Golden Lotus

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.

Love is the law, love under will.