The time has come to cut off your filthy, red string Kabbalah bracelet and throw your well-worn copy of Dianetics in the trash–there’s a new religious trend for spring. Xenu is out; the occult is in!
The new hot clique to be initiated into is the Ordo Templi Orientis, a.k.a. the OTO. Ordo Templi Orientis is a “fraternal and religious organization” or, in layman’s terms, a freaky-deaky secret society. The group was once associated with Freemasonry, but was updated in the early twentieth century by it’s best known member, Aleister Crowley (a.ka. Frater Perdurabo a.k.a. The Great Beast 666). Crowley was considered “the wickedest man in the world” by the popular press in his heyday and a “stone cold weirdo” by me, today.
The Great Beast 666 wrote The Book of the Law, O.T.O.’s most sacred text, as a disembodied voice named Aiwass dictated it to him. The book promotes the Law of Thelema’s central principle: “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Dude was quite the libertine. Like most secret societies, a lot of the rituals and ceremonies are uh, “secrets,” but here are some keywords I saw while scouring the internet trying to get a feel for their activities: Sex Magick, Perfect Magician, Knight of the Pelican & Eagle, different morality, Magus of Light, Lodge.
You can see the initials O.T.O tattooed inside a heart on “it girl” Peaches Geldof‘s arm. Other disciples include renowned witch, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who now owns Crowley’s house as well as Jay-Z, magic man at-large/Beyonce‘s husband who has allegedly sprinkled occult imagery around his empire. The order’s appeal to celebrities is obvious: between raising hell, sadomasochistic sex and the use of hard drugs, a meeting must be a lot like a weekend at Coachella. The only question: which star will be the next to join in on the bloodletting of innocents?
[via The Daily Mail]