In 1712 the last execution for witchcraft occurred in England; in 1714 witch trials were abolished in Prussia. In 1715 an Italian Jesuit missionary, Castiglione, arrived in China; in 1716 the Chinese abolished Christian teachings. In 1717 Freemasonry was formalized, with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London.
There was some recent news from Ordo Templi Orientis on May 17th posted to the IHQ website that may be of interest, first simply because it is new news, but also because of a particular technical milestone that has been reached. I include this announcement in total here for reference:
May 17, 2014 e.v.
TWO NEW GRAND LODGES ESTABLISHED
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The International Headquarters of Ordo Templi Orientis is pleased to announce the formation of two new Grand Lodges on May 17, 2014 e.v.
The Grand Lodge of Croatia has been chartered under the leadership of the National Grand Master General Frater Abrasax X°.
The Grand Lodge of Italy has been chartered under the leadership of the National Grand Master General Frater Phanes X°.
We would like to applaud the hard work and dedication of all our Croatian and Italian brothers and sisters which made this possible.
Along with the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, the total number of Grand Lodges now stands at five. Beyond the accomplishments of these countries individually, this represents a significant milestone in the development of the Order overall. According to the International Bylaws of Ordo Templi Orientis:
Once the Acting O.H.O. has established five (5) independent Grand Lodges under the governance of appointed National Grand Masters General, the National Grand Masters General shall have the power to convene an election of a de jure O.H.O., by simple majority. If this meeting is not held within a year and a day after the appointment of the fifth National Grand Master General, then the acting O.H.O. shall have the power to call it.
Fulfillment of this provision will complete the transitional phase of the Order’s constitutional re-establishment as initiated by the previous Caliph Hymenaeus Alpha.
Love is the law, love under will.
For the Supreme Council
Ordo Templi Orientis