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The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O.

The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O., edited and introduced by Francis X King, the 1973 hardcover edition from Weiser Books, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Francis X King's The Secret Rituals of the O T O from Weiser Books

“In recent years there has been a remarkable resurgence of interest in what is generally referred to as the ‘Occult’. Popular Sun-sign astrology has become a subject for cocktail party chatter; the ‘Underground press’ displays an intensive, although often ill-informed, interest in such subjects as Glastonbury, Ley Hunting, and Flying Saucers; and books — many of them owing what little merit they possess to the skilful employment of scissors and paste — on all aspects of occultism pour from all the presses.

In the shadow of such well-published aspects of the Occult revival can be dimly discernec the shape of an altogether more important phenomenon — nothing less than the rebirth of Magic. Magic, that is, in the sense that is was defined by that extraordinary occultist Dion Fortune: ‘The science and art of causing changes in consciousness in accordance with will.’

There is no doubt that the magical techniques, for which extraordinary efficacy is claimed, are almost exclusively derived (although sometimes indirectly) from those two extraordinary occult sodalites the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and the Ordo Templi Orientis. The rites and secret instructions of the former organization are easily available in Dr Francis Regardie’s Golden Dawn, a work which only now, thirty-five years after its first publication, is beginning to receive the appreciation it so undoubtedly deserves. Those of the latter, the Ordo Templi Orientis, have hitherto never been published, although grossly inaccurate and incomplete typescript versions of them have occasionally been sold for high prices.

Now, at last, this volume makes available to the occult student not only the symbolic-masonic riches of the initiate on rituals of the O.T.O. but the secret magical instructions of the Order’s seventh, either and ninth degrees, the full details of the techniques from which such occultists as Theodor Reuss and Aleister Crowley derived their mystic powers.

Here is a source book that has a place in the library of every serious student of the Occult.”

 

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Ritual America

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“Just five or six decades ago as many as a third of all American males belonged to a fraternal order.

The substance of so-called secret rituals could easily be purchased in cheap paperback books. The true secret of these fraternal orders may be that all the classified information was hidden in plain sight.

Secret societies had extraordinary influence on practically everything in our culture, from business networking, entertainment, friendships, life insurance, and the structure of the government to the nuclear family itself.

The pomp and circumstance, the patriarchy, the racism, the misogyny … it’s all revealed in Ritual America with more than 400 rare images, and strange and humorous text that goes far beyond impenetrable esoterica or near-psychotic conspiracy theory.

This expansive visual guidebook unveils the strangest sort of American history accessed from personal scrapbooks, snapshots, news service photos, lost era magazines, internal documents… Here’s a way of “coming to grip” with the strange phenomenon of fraternal organizations in America, both yesteryear and today.” [via]