Discourses 2018

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

Golden Lotus Lodge is pleased to announce our annual series of presentations by local and surrounding members of the OTO.

This year, the Discourses will be presented June 9-10. More details to come later this week, including a list of presenters.

The theme for the Discourses this year is community and how it works to perfect us in our spiritual quest. We plan to present a series of talks relaying the experiences of our speakers and how being within a like minded community has fostered their spiritual growth.

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1pm Frater PFDV
2pm Vere Chappell
3pm Rafael Aguilar
4pm Lucy Tate
9am Sondra Scott
10am Cathy Berry
11am Marie Lecrevain
4pm Celebration of the Gnostic Mass

This year, the Discourses will be presented June 9-10

Event Fee: $30
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Our presenters this year include:

Presenter Subject
Rafael Aguilar TBA


Catherine Berry Currents of Energy: On ‘Duty’ and Fraternity

In his essay “Duty”, Aleister Crowley enumerates the duties Thelemites have to themselves, to their fellow humans as individuals, to all mankind, and to the entire manifest world. Quite an achievement, especially given that the essay is only a few pages long! Crowley does not directly address the special considerations of fraternity in this essay; nevertheless, the ideas in “Duty” are extremely pertinent to the questions of fraternal ethics which arise in Ordo Templi Orientis and similar groups. We will examine “Duty” from a fraternal perspective, and see what lessons we can derive from its principles.

Vere Chappell The O.T.O. is a Teaching Order

We still sometimes hear people claim that “the O.T.O. is not a teaching order” but this is simply not true.  The mission of the Order, both historically and currently, explicitly includes teaching among its activities.  In this presentation we will discuss the myriad ways in which O.T.O. offers instruction to its members and the public, from its formal curriculum and classes offered by local bodies, to the opportunities it provides for informal learning and self-improvement.  We will also talk about the differences in the instructional methods of the O.T.O. and A∴A∴ and explore some of the sources of misunderstanding about the O.T.O.’s didactic purpose.

Soror Themistoclea TBA


Robert Maiolo  The Mirror of Community

As a 30+ year student of Scientific Illuminism, Robert Maiolo will present his unique take on what is meant by ‘occult philosophy’ as a development of self-realization and expression of individual Will.

Sondra Scott TBA


Lucy Tate TBA


Love is the law, love under will.