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Mysteria Mystica Maxima
The Initiatory System of the O.T.O.

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For most people, “joining the O.T.O.” means becoming an Initiate Member of O.T.O. Initiation into our Order is only conferred through a physical ceremony conducted by a chartered initiator within a local body of the Order. Initiate membership is subdivided by degree.

Blazing Star Oasis proudly offers such initiation on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming an initiate, there are three formal requirements. You must be:

  • Free (e.g. legally able to enter a contract, not imprisoned, etc.)
  • of full age (18 for Minerval and First Degree, 21 for subsequent degrees)
  • of Good Report (vouched for by two sponsors)


In order to establish “good report”, your application must be signed by two sponsors who are already I° initiates of O.T.O. Prospective sponsors will generally want to get to know you before signing your application, which may involve your attendance with them at several local body events, or time spent with them privately. A serious candidate should find it easy to obtain sponsorship once they get to know our members and have demonstrated something of their character. Sponsorship in O.T.O. is, however, no light matter and our Initiates are instructed to pay close attention to the caliber and seriousness of all potential candidates, as sponsorship reflects upon the judgment of those who agree to sponsor a particular candidate for initiation. For more information on the importance of sponsorship, see the essay “On Sponsorship” by U.S. Grand Master Sabazius X°.

Minerval (0°) and First Degree (I°)

Before formally joining the O.T.O., which occurs with taking the First Degree (I°), the aspirant must proceed through the ceremony of initiation called the Minerval or 0°. This is an introductory degree in which the aspirant is considered an “honored guest” of O.T.O. rather than a full member. The Minerval degree is designed to allow the aspirant to decide whether or not to pursue full membership, and to allow potential sponsors the opportunity to decide whether to support the aspirant’s application for full membership. This is the initial ceremony in the journey of the first cycle of initiations known as the Man of Earth Triad (0° thru P∴I∴). Initiates of the Minerval Degree may also begin novitiate training for the Diaconate and/or Priesthood in Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.

If you curious about joining O.T.O. by taking our Minerval Degree, please review our Minerval F.A.Q.

The First Degree (I°) bestows full membership upon the initiate. A First Degree initiate may retire from active participation in O.T.O., but the spiritual link forged between the initiate and the Order during the ceremony of the First Degree will remain throughout the initiate’s life.

Submitting Your Application

To become an initiate member of O.T.O., a completed application must be submitted along with the appropriate dues and fees. Dues pay for USGL membership and are valid for a full year’s membership. Fees cover the expenses incurred by the Oasis during the initiation itself. These monies are due no later than the date of the initiation itself, although the Oasis reserves the right to require advance payment of the fees depending upon degree sought.

The Oasis can receive applications from prospective candidates at any time. Once your application has been submitted, an Oasis Officer will contact you to let you know the date, time and location of the next scheduled initiation for that degree. If that date does not work with your schedule, simply notify the Oasis and you will have the opportunity to participate in the next planned date for that degree. Applications are valid for the period of one year from the date of the candidate’s signature. The Oasis regularly announces planned initiation events on our calendar to encourage prospective candidates to apply as well inform existing members to facilitate their attendance.

Questions regarding initiatory membership in the O.T.O. may be addressed to any Oasis officer or member of the Order at any event or by Email.

Corresponding Associate

You can become a Corresponding Associate of the O.T.O. if you don’t live near a local body, or if you want to support the work of Thelema without becoming an initiate. This is done through the U.S. Grand Lodge. To be a corresponding associate requires no physical attendance. For a $10.00 annual contribution, corresponding associates have the opportunity to correspond with other O.T.O. members in the U.S.A. and other countries, by mail or via the internet.

Initiatory Structure

The Third, or Man of Earth, Triad Minerval
Man and BrotherWoman and Sister
II° Magician
III° Master Magician
IV° Perfect Magician and companion of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch
Perfect Initiate, or Prince of Jerusalem
Outside all Triads Knight of the East and West
The Second, or Lover, Triad Sovereign Prince Rose-Croix, and Knight of the Pelican and Eagle
Knight of the Red Eagle, and Member of the Senate of Knight Hermetic Philosophers
VI° Illustrious Knight (Templar) of the Order of Kadosch, and Companion of the Holy Graal
Grand Inquisitor Commander, and Member of the Grand Tribunal
Prince of the Royal Secret
VII° Theoreticus, and Very Illustrious Sovereign Grand Inspector General
Magus of Light, and Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
Grandmaster of Light, and Inspector of Rites and Degrees
The First, or Hermit, Triad VIII° Perfect Pontiff of the Illuminati
Epopt of the Illuminati
IX° Initiate of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis
Rex Summus Sanctissimus
XI° Initiate of the Eleventh Degree (This degree is technical, and has no relation to the general plan of the Order)
XII° Frater Superior, and Outer Head of the Order

O.T.O. Degrees and the Chakras

Ordo Templi Orientis Degrees and Chakras

Design by Tau Omphalos,
Executed by Ron Labhart

  • Minerval (0°) = Ajna & Muladhara
  • I° = Vishuddhi
  • II° = Anahata
  • III° = Svadhistthana
  • IV° = Manipura & Ajna
  • P.I. = Sahasrara