Brief History & Structure of O.T.O. Macedonia

Ordo Templi Orientis was established on the territory of Macedonia in 1996 e.v., initially as a Camp called Oceans of Light, located in the capital of Skopje. They performed their Minerval and First Degree Initiations for the first time on 19 & 20.06.1997 e.v. & published the Book of the Law in Macedonian (and Albanian) in 1998 e.v.. Oceans of Light Camp ceased to exist after 2000 e.v..

The torch was then passed to the newly formed Trinu Camp from Bitola in 2003 e.v.. It was upgraded by the Supreme Council to Oasis at the beginning of 2013 e.v. and moved to the neighboring town of Prilep in 2015 e.v.. Members of the Trinu Oasis publish their local periodical TRINC at irregular intervals, with 20 editions of it so far. The magazine is generally designated "members only." In addition, Trinu Oasis has also published 11 Macedonian translations of books by Aleister Crowley, available for order at this online bookstore.

Camp Odin was yet another attempt to organize a Local Body of the O.T.O. in Skopje. It existed briefly from 2007 e.v. to 2011 e.v., after which it was transformed and reorganized into its current form as Secret Fire, and subsequently upgraded by the Supreme Council to Oasis at the beginning of 2013 e.v.. Members of the Secret Fire Oasis publish their local periodical SAMEKH at irregular intervals, with 6 editions of it so far. Together with the Trinu Oasis, Secret Fire Oasis published the second revised Macedonian translation of the Book of the Law in 2013 e.v..

Camp Osoronnofris from Kochani is the newest Local Body of the Order in Macedonia, approved by the Supreme Council on 17.07.2015 e.v..

Liber II: The Message of the Master Therion

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
“There is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt.”
“The word of the Law is Θελημα.”
Θελημα— Thelema— means Will.

The Key to this Message is this word— Will. The first obvious meaning of this Law is confirmed by antithesis; “The word of Sin is Restriction.”

Again: “Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay. For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”

Ordo Templi Orientis

The letters O.T.O. stand for Ordo Templi Orientis, the Order of Oriental Templars, or Order of the Temple of the East. O.T.O. is dedicated to the high purpose of securing the Liberty of the Individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood.

Ordo Templi Orientis is the first of the great Old Æon orders to accept The Book of the Law, received by Aleister Crowley in 1904 EV. This book proclaims a New Æon in human thought, culture and religion. The Æon arises from a single supreme injunction: the Law of Thelema, which is Do what thou wilt.

This Law is not to be interpreted as a license to indulge every passing whim, but rather as the mandate to discover one's True Will and accomplish it; leaving others to do the same in their own unique ways. "Every man and every woman is a star." The Law of Thelema can ultimately be fulfilled only through the individual efforts of each person. Nevertheless, many worthy aspirants to the Great Work of Thelema have a genuine need for information, guidance, fellowship, or the opportunity to assist their fellow aspirants and serve humanity. Such aspirants will find welcome in O.T.O.

If you wish to become a member of O.T.O., many resources are available to assist you in locating and contacting a local body to apply for initiation. See the membership page for details. It should be clearly understood that initiate membership in O.T.O. requires a physical ceremony, and that we offer no formal correspondence courses or other remote services, though informal correspondence with members is welcome.

Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica

Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.) is the Latin for Gnostic Catholic Church, a Thelemic ecclesiastical rite that comprises the church within Ordo Templi Orientis. The chief function of EGC is the performance of the Gnostic Mass (Liber XV), a Eucharistic ritual written by Aleister Crowley in 1913. The structure of the Mass is influenced by the rite of the Russian Orthodox Church; its content draws from the symbols and texts of Thelema. Its most notable divergence from similar rites of other churches is that both a Priest and a Priestess officiate, the latter sitting unclothed on the altar during most of the ceremony. In addition to the Mass, baptism, confirmation, marriage, ordination, and last rites are offered by EGC.

Crowley described the Gnostic Mass as "the central ritual of O.T.O., both public and private". It is the single most commonly performed ritual at O.T.O. bodies, with many locations celebrating the Mass monthly or more frequently. Most O.T.O. bodies make some or all of these celebrations open to interested members of the public, so the Mass is often an outsider's first experience of the Order. E.G.C. has a hierarchical structure of clergy, assisting officers, and laity which parallels the degree structure of the O.T.O. initiatory system. Before 1997, the two systems were more loosely correlated, but since then there have been strict rules concerning minimum O.T.O. degrees required to serve in particular E.G.C. roles.