Issued by Order

Grand Secretary General

O. T. O.




To All whom it may



1. The M∴ M∴ M∴ (Mysteria Mystica Maxima) is the name of the British section of the O.T.O. This includes all countries where English is generally spoken.

2. The O.T.O. is a body of initiates in whose hands are concentrated the wisdom and the knowledge of the following bodies:

  1. The Gnostic Catholic Church.
  2. The Order of the Knights of the Holy Ghost.
  3. The Order of the Illuminati.
  4. The Order of the Temple (Knights Templar).
  5. The Order of the Knights of St. John.
  6. The Order of the Knights of Malta.
  7. The Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
  8. The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal.
  9. The Rosicrucian Order.
  10. The Holy Order of Rose Croix of Heredom.
  11. The Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch.
  12. The Antient and Primitive Rite of Masonry (33 degrees).
  13. The Rite of Memphis (97 degrees).
  14. The Rite of Mizraim (90 degrees).
  15. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Masonry (33 degrees).
  16. The Swedenborgian Rite of Masonry.
  17. The Order of the Martinists.
  18. The Order of the Sat Bhai.
  19. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Light.
  20. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and

  21. many other orders of equal merit, if of less fame.
It does not include the A∴A∴, with which august body it is, however, in close alliance.

3. The dispersion of the original secret wisdom having led to confusion, it was determined by the Chiefs of all these Orders to recombine and centralize their activities, even as white light, divided in a prism, may be recomposed.

It embodies the whole of the secret knowledge of all Oriental Orders; and its chiefs are initiates of the highest rank, and recognized as such by all capable of such recognition in every country in the world.

In more remote times, the constituent originating assemblies of the O.T.O. included such men as:

Fohi                                             Hippolytus
Laotze                                           Merlin
Siddartha                                        Arthur
Krishna                                          Titurel
Tahuti                                           Amfortas
Ankh-f-n-khonsu                                  Percivale
Herakles                                         Wan
Orpheus                                          Mosheh
Odysseus                                         Dionysus
Vergilius                                        Mahmud
Catullus                                         Hermes
Martialis                                        Pan
Apollonius Tyanaeus                              Dante
Simon Magus                                      Carolus Magnus
Manes                                            William of Schyren
Basilides                                        Frederick of Hohenstaufen
Valentinus                                       Roger Bacon
Bardesanes                                       Jacobus Burgundus Molensis
Christian Rosenkreutz                            Osiris
Ulrich von Hutten                                Melchizedek
Paracelsus                                       Khem
Michael Maier                                    Menthu
Jakob Boehme                                     Johannes Dee
Francis Bacon (Lord Verul-                       Sir Edward Kelly
lam)                                             Thos. Vaughan
Andréa                                           Elias Ashmole
Robertus de Fluctibus                            Comte de Chazal
Chau                                             Sigismund Bacstrom
Saturnus                                         Molinos
And more recently:
Goethe                                           Ludwig von Fischer
Sir Richard Payne Knight                         Friedrich von Nietzsche
Sir Richard Francis Burton                       Hargrave Jennings
Forlong Dux                                      Karl Kellner
Ludovicus Rex Bavariae                           Eliphas Levi
Richard Wagner                                   Franz Hartmann
The names of women members are never divulged.

It is not lawful here to disclose the name of any living chief.

It was Karl Kellner who revived the exoteric organization of the O.T.O. and initiated the plan now happily complete of bringing all occult bodies again under one governance.

The letters O.T.O. represent the words Ordo Templi Orientis (Order of the Temple of the Orient, or Oriental Templars), but they have also a secret meaning for initiates.

4. The Order is international, and has existing branches in every civilized country of the world.

5. The aims of the O.T.O. can only be understood fully by its highest initiates; but it may be said openly that it teaches Hermetic Science or Occult Knowledge, the Pure and Holy Magick of Light, the Secrets of Mystic attainment, Yoga of all forms, Gnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakta Yoga and Hatha Yoga, and all other branches of the secret Wisdom of the Ancients.

In its bosom repose the Great Mysteries; its brain has resolved all the problems of philosophy and of life.

It possesses the secret of the Stone of the Wise, of the Elixir of Immortality, and of the Universal Medicine.

Moreover, it possesses a Secret capable of realizing the world-old dream of the Brotherhood of Man.

It also possesses in every important centre of population a hidden Retreat (Collegium ad Spiritum Sanctum) where members may conceal themselves in order to pursue the Great Work without hindrance.

These houses are secret fortresses of Truth, Light, Power and Love, and their position is only disclosed under an oath of secrecy to those entitled to make use of them.

They are also temples of true worship, specially consecrated by Nature to bring out of a man all that is best in him.

6. The authority of the O.T.O. is concentrated in the O.H.O. (Outer Head of the Order), or Frater Superior. The name of the person occupying this office is never disclosed except to his immediate representatives.

7. The Authority of the O.H.O. in all English-speaking countries is delegated by charter to the Most Holy, Most Illustrious, Most Illuminated, and Most Puissant Baphomet Xº Rex Summus Sanctissimus 33º, 90º, 96º, Past Grand Master of the United States of America, Grand Master of Ireland, Iona, and All the Britains (Free and Independent Great Britain and Ireland), Sovereign Grand Commander of the Order of the Temple, Most Wise Sovereign of the Order of the Rosy Cross, Grand Zerubbabel of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch, etc. etc. etc., National Grand Master General ad vitam of the M.'.M.'.M.'., whose headquarters are at 33 Avenue Studios (76 Fulham Road), Kensington, London, S.W., England.

8. The National Grand Master General ad vitam is assisted by two principal officers, the Grand Treasurer General, the V∴ Ill∴ Bro∴ George M. Cowie, VIIº, 33º, 90º, 95º, of 14 Glenisla Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Grand Secretary General, V∴H∴I∴ and Ill∴ Bro∴ L. Bathurst, IXº, 33º, 90º, 95º of 33 Avenue Studio 9 (76 Fulham Road), London, S.W.

There are many other officers, but they do not concern those to whom the present manifesto is addressed.

9. The whole of the Knowledge dispersed among the bodies mentioned in paragraph 2 has been sifted and concentrated in the following degrees:

    Oº    Minerval
    Iº    M.
    IIº   M..
    IIIº  M.'.
    IVº   Companion of the Holy Royal Arch of
          Prince of Jerusalem.
          Knight of the East and of the West.
    Vº    Sovereign Prince of Rose Croix. (Knight
              of the Pelican and Eagle.)
          Member of the Senate of Knight Hermetic
              Philosophers Knights of the Red
    VIº   Illustrious Knight (Templar) of the Order
              of Kadosch, and Companion of the
              Holy Graal.
          Grand Inquisitor Commander, Member
              of the Grand Tribunal.
          Prince of the Royal Secret.
    VIIº  Very Illustrious Sovereign Grand Inspector
          Member of the Supreme Grand Council.
    VIIIº Perfect Pontiff of the Illuminati.
    IXº   Initiate of the Sanctuary of the Gnosis.
    Xº    Rex Summus Sanctissimus (Supreme and
              Most Holy King).
10. Every man and woman that is of full age, free, and of good report, has an indefeasible right to the IIIº.

Beyond this, admission is only granted by invitation from the governing body concerned.

The O.T.O., although an Academia Masonica, is not a Masonic Body so far as the craft degrees are concerned in the sense in which that expression is usually understood in England, and therefore in no way conflicts with, or infringes the just privileges of, the United Grand Lodge of England.

11. This is the Table of Fees connected with the M∴M∴M∴ as at present in force in this country.

O. T. O.


                  FEE                               ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION*
    (Payable before taking degree)
    Minerval                1  1  0
    Iº                      1  1  0                       1  1  0
    IIº                     1  1  0                       2  2  0
    IIIº                    1  1  0                       3  3  0
    P.'.M.'.                1  1  0
    IVº                     2  2  0                       4  4  0
    P.J.                    1  1  0
    K.E.W.                  1  1  0
    Vº                      3  3  0                       5  5  0
    Senate                  2  2  0
    VIº                     5  5  0                       6  6  0
    G.I.C.                  5  5  0                       7  7  0
    P.R.S.                  5  5  0                       8  8  0
    VIIº                   10 10  0                      11 11  0
    VIIIº                  21  0  0                      23  2  0
    IXº                    42  1  0                      34 13  0
* When a Brother in good standing takes a new degree he pays with his fee only the extra subscription.

12. This is the Table of Fees payable on affiliation by Freemasons belonging to any generally recognised body:




                              FEE                       SUBSCRIPTION
    E.A. Masons (to Iº)     1  1  0                       1  1  0
    F.C. Masons (to IIº)    2  2  0                       2  2  0
    Master Masons (to IIIº) 3  3  0                       3  3  0
    R.A. Masons (to IVº)    4  4  0                       4  4  0
    18º (to Vº)             5  5  0                       5  5  0
    30º (to VIº)            6  6  0                       6  6  0
    31º (to G.I.C.)         7  7  0                       7  7  0
    32º (to P.R.S.)         9  9  0                       9  9  0
    33º (to VIIº)          10 10  0                      11 11  0
These fees are payable on affiliation.

13. Application for admission to the Order may be made personally at headquarters, 33 Avenue Studios, 76 Fulham Road, Kensington, London, S.W., between the hours of Ten A.M. and Twelve Noon on week-days, or by letter to the Grand Secretary General. In the former case, applicants should be provided with the Fur Guineas entitling them to the Third Degree; in the latter, it should be enclosed with the application.

The First Annual Subscription is payable on taking the Third Degree; if this is taken after June 30 in any year, only half the amount is due.

Subscriptions of old members are due on January 1, but the Brother is considered in good standing, and he does not lose his rights, if it is paid by March 1. Should he fail to discharge his obligation by this date, he ceases ipso facto to be a member of the Order, but may be reinstated on paying arrears and one guinea extra. If his lapse extend to the next year following, he can only be reinstated under special conditions, and by the express consent in writing of the National Grand Master General ad vitam.

14. The Constitution, Trust Deeds, Charters, Warrants and all other documents, are exhibited to candidates on their exaltation to the IVº, should they desire it.

15. Diplomas are granted to all members at a uniform price of Two Guineas. Special diplomas of the IXº, Five Guineas.

16. The privileges of members of the O.T.O. are very numerous. These are the principal:

  1. They have not only access to, but instruction in, the whole body of hidden knowledge preserved in the Sanctuary from the beginning of its manifestation.
  2. In the lower grades the final secrets are hinted and conveyed in symbol, beneath veil, and through sacrament.

    In this way the intelligence of the initiate is called into play, so that he who well uses the knowledge of the lower grades may be selected for invitation to the higher, where all things are declared openly.

  3. They become partakers of the current of Universal Life in Liberty, Beauty, Harmony, and Love which flames within the heart of the O.T.O., and the Light of that august fraternity insensibly illuminates them ever more and more as they approach its central Sun.

  5. They meet those persons most complemental to their own natures, and find unexpected help and brotherhood in the whole world wherever they may travel.

  7. They obtain the right to sojourn in the secret houses of the O.T.O., permanently or for a greater or lesser period of the year according to their rank in the Order; or, in the case of those of the Fifth and lower degrees, are candidates for invitation to these houses.

  9. The Knowledge of the Preparation and Use of the Universal Medicine is restricted to members of the IXº; but it may be administered to members of the VIIIº and VIIº in special circumstances by favour of the National Grand Masters General, and even in particular emergency to members of lower degrees.

  11. In the Vº all members are pledged to bring immediate and perfect relief to all distress of mind, body, or estate, in which they may find any of their fellows of that degree. In the higher degrees the Bonds of Fraternity are still further strengthened. The Order thus affords a perfect system of insurance against every misfortune or accident of life.

  13. Members of the IXº become part proprietors of the Estates and Goods of the Order, so that the attainment of this degree implies a return with interest of the fees and subscriptions paid.

  15. The Order gives practical assistance in life to worthy members of even its lower degrees, so that, even if originally poor, they become well able to afford the comparatively high fees of the VIIº, VIIIº, and IXº. On exaltation to the IVº each Companion may file an account of his circumstances, and state in what direction he requires help.
17. Photographs of one of the Profess-houses or Colleges of the Holy Ghost belonging to the Order (an ancient and historic manor-house in one of the most romantic valleys of the world) is attached hereto,* in order that those intending to apply to the Grand Secretary General for admission to the Order may understand that its purely material advantages are sufficient compensation for the fees demanded, and that the Gift of God is indeed without money and without price.

* The rule of secrecy has been abrogated in this particular instance by the National Grand Master General ad vitam, as owing to the fact of its being a country residence in a secluded district, and situated in its own very extensive grounds, it is not so important to conceal it from the profane.

18. In selecting members for advancement, attention is paid to their devotion to the Order, to their intelligence in apprehending the nature of its teaching, to their zeal in spreading the principles of the Order so far as they themselves understand them, though always with the discretion inseparable from the due guarding of the secrets, and to all those qualities of courage, honour, and virtue without which man is not worthy of that name.

19. The O.H.O. is only known to members of the VIIIº and IXº.

The National Grand Master General ad vitam is not approachable as such by any person who has not reached the VIº.

All communications should be addressed to the Grand Secretary General, and all cheques drawn in favour of the Grand Treasurer General.

    Issued by Order,
      L. Bathurst, 
      IXº Grand Secretary General

      Imprimatur BAPHOMET Xº 

      Nihil obstat O. H. O. 

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