Ordo Templi Orientis

GETHSEMANE Camp Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.)

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

Peace, Tolerance, Truth:
Salutations to All Points of the Triangle;
Respect to the Order.
To all whom it may concern: Greetings and Health! 


The letters O.T.O. stand for Ordo Templi Orientis, The Order of the Temple of the Orient, or, as it is sometimes rendered, The Order of the Oriental Templars. 


O.T.O. is an international society of men and women who aspire to spiritual self-realization. 


We believe that every person has an essential nature or path in life that is unique to each individual, which we call True Will. This Will is the expression of one's deepest, most genuine self which acts in perfect accord with the Universe. 


This belief is the basis of a mystical system called Thelema, whose central activity is the Great Work of discovering and manifesting one's True Will. 


O.T.O. does not claim to know what anyone's True Will is - no one can, and that's why we don't have "gurus" or spiritual authorities. 


However, we do offer an environment wherein members can potentially discover it for themselves, which we accomplish through the use of various ceremonies, esoteric education, and the development of supportive communities. Read more

Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu

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The Stele of Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu (also known as the Stele of Revealing) is a painted, wooden offering stele located in Cairo, Egypt. It was discovered in 1858 by François Auguste Ferdinand Mariette at the mortuary temple of the Dynasty 18 Pharaoh Hatshepsut, located at Dayr al-Bahri. It was originally made for the Montu-priest Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu i, and was discovered near his coffin ensemble of two sarcophagi and two anthropomorphic inner coffins. It dates to circa 680/70 BCE, the period of the late Dynasty 25/early Dynasty 26. Originally located in the former Bulaq Museum under inventory number 666, the stele was moved around 1902 to the newly opened Egyptian Museum of Cairo (inventory number A 9422; Temporary Register Number 25/12/24/11), where it remains today.


The stele is made of wood and covered with a plaster gesso, which has been painted. It measures 51.5 centimeters high and 31 centimeters wide. On the front, Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu can be seen as a priest of Montu; he is presenting offerings to the falcon-headed god Re-Harakhty ("Re-Horus of the Two Horizons"), a syncretic form of the gods Ra and Horus, who is seated on a throne. The symbol of the west, the place of the Dead, is seen behind Re-Harakhty. Above the figures is a depiction of Nut, the sky goddess who stretches from horizon to horizon. Directly beneath her is the Winged Solar Disk, Horus of Behdet.


The stele is also known as the "Stele of Revealing" and is a central element of the religious philosophy Thelema founded by Aleister Crowley.

The Book of the Law

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Liber AL vel Legis, commonly known as The Book of the Law, is the central sacred text of Thelema, allegedly written down from dictation mostly by Aleister Crowley, although his wife Rose Edith Crowley is also known to have written two phrases into the manuscript of the Book after its dictation. Crowley claimed it was dictated to him by a discarnate entity named Aiwass. However, the three chapters are largely written in the first person by the Thelemic deities Nuit, Hadit, and Ra-Hoor-Khuit respectively, rather than by Aiwass/Aiwaz.


Through the reception of the Book, Crowley proclaimed the arrival of a new stage in the spiritual evolution of humanity, to be known as the "Æon of Horus". The primary precept of this new aeon is the charge to "Do what thou wilt".


The book contains three chapters, each of which was alleged to be written down in one hour, beginning at noon, on 8 April, 9 April, and 10 April in Cairo, Egypt, in the year 1904. Crowley says that the author was an entity named Aiwass, whom he later referred to as his personal Holy Guardian Angel. 

Stele of Revealing, hieroglyphs of the 11 lines upon the reverse

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Saith of Mentu the truth-telling brother

Who was master of Thebes from his birth:

O heart of me, heart of my mother!

O heart which I had upon earth!

Stand not thou up against a witness!

Oppose me not, judge, in my quest!

Accuse me not now of unfitness

Before the Great God, the dread Lord of the West!

For I fastened the one to the other

With a spell for their mystical girth,

The earth and the wonderful West,

When I flourished, o earth, on thy breast!

The dead man Ankh-f- n-Khonsu

Saith with his voice of truth and calm:

O thou that hast a single arm!

O thou that glitterest in the moon!

I weave thee in the spinning charm;

I lure thee with billowy tune.

The dead man Ankh-f- n-Khonsu

Hath parted from the darkling crowds,

Hath joined the dwellers of the light,

Opening Duant, the star-abodes,

Their keys receiving.

The dead man Ankh-f- n-Khonsu

Hath made his passage into night,

His pleasure on the earth to do

Among the living.

Love is the law, love under will.

 Gethsemane is a duly chartered local Body of the O.T.O. in the Valley of Dendermonde, Belgium.