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William Blake Lodge, O.T.O. announces...
Category: Mini Festival
What to Bring: Apps must be received 30 days prior to initiation
Price/Donation: $42 initiation fees, $42 USGL dues
Acct. Id: 343138
Event Id: 64999
When: twice annually; email for details
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Event Details: Minerval Initiations (0*)
Application process, 30 day minimum wait until ceremony
$84 ($42 initiation fees, $42 USGL dues)
Date scheduled after application is received.
Attend an event for an application.
William Blake Lodge is a chartered initiatory body of Ordo Templi Orientis (The Order of Oriental Templars, or O.T.O.) serving the greater Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. It has been continuously active for over 20 years since its inception in June 1992 and continues to draw upon eclectic sources to further the study of the spiritual system known as Thelema. Thelema celebrates personal freedom and discovery of individual will balanced by discipline, fraternity and love. "Thelema" is the Greek word meaning "will". In 1904, Aleister Crowley received The Book of the Law (Liber XXXI) , which became the cornerstone of his magical philosophy of Thelema which is central to the O.T.O. system.
William Blake Lodge offers initiation rich in esoteric symbolism and ritual drama as a catalyst for one's personal development. Our initiation system follows the structure of many mystery schools of the past. Initiation teaches lessons through the process of physically going through the ceremony, and represents a beginning ---- the beginning of setting out on the path of self-discovery and unity with the divine. Find out more at
The Minerval initiation (0*) is the introductory degree into Ordo Templi Orientis. The ceremony is named for Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. The Minerval initiation introduces the candidate into O.T.O. and the degree formally makes one an honored guest of the Order. It does not constitute full membership into O.T.O., and a permanent magical bond is not yet forged.
Membership (initiation) to the opening degrees of the O.T.O. (Minerval - Fourth Degree) are open to all who are "free, of full age, and good report." In plain English:
- age 18 or over;
- able to make and keep a binding oath;
- able to find two O.T.O. members of the First Degree or higher who are willing to sponsor you.
Sponsorship entails coming to some events and getting to know the members and vice versa, and deciding whether this path is for you. Check out our website for our calendar of open events. Many are posted on Witchvox.
There is an application that must be filled out prior to the initiation. If you are interested in receiving a Minerval application and/or sponsorship, it’s your job to do the asking. Obviously, if this is a path you choose to pursue, you must take responsibility for your development. We’re a friendly, approachable bunch; and most of us like to get to know somebody before signing his or her app. There is a minimum of 30 days after your application is received before the initiation can take place.
Please note that it is NOT a requirement to initiate into O.T.O. to attend our open meetings and events. We're happy to have folks who just enjoy their status as our guests, attend our events and spend time with us.
Ordo Templi Orientis is a dues collecting organization and each degree requires payment of initiation dues and fees. For a Minerval candidate (0*) , initiation fees are $42 and O.T.O. Grand Lodge dues are $42 (for one year) amounting to a total of $84. Initiation fees go toward fronting expenses associated with putting on the ceremony and are therefore not refundable.
Additionally, William Blake Lodge members pay local dues of $360 per year which are separate from US Grand Lodge dues that fund our member-supported temple space and our programs.
William Blake Lodge is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit religious organization.
Want to know more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis: http://www.oto-usa.org
Event Location: 208 South Pulaski Street in Baltimore
Event TIME Details: Saturday afternoons or evenings
Directions: Directions to the William Blake Lodge Temple:
95N to Washington Blvd. exit
Turn left onto Washington Blvd.
Turn left onto Monroe
Turn left onto Eagle
Turn right onto Pulaski
Red Brick Building on left side (Cambridge Building)
William Blake Lodge on 5th floor, suite B
Park on street.
Phone: (443) 863-9393
Website II: http://www.oto-usa.org/init.html
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3183, Baltimore, MD 21228
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