The Chthonic-Auranian OTO Origins, Purpose, + Structure by Bill SiebertBackground The Chth

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The Chthonic-Auranian OTO: Origins, Purpose, & Structure by Bill SiebertBackground The Chthonic-Auranian OTO is a branch of our illustrious Order foundedon the premise that the OTO is not only a pyramid of Knight Monks , or a highly specialized Magical Engine , but is also a family/tribe/net-work/fraternity of magickians who are each doing his/her Will as best aseach of us is able, and who are each fully responsible for our actions/-stillnesses, thoughts/trances/channelings, and speech/silence. We feelthat each Thelemite by doing his/her will, has access to the Fountainheadof the Order. It is from here that true initiation flows. The Chthonic-Auranian OTO was founded just prior to the September FullMoon in 1985 at the Southern Pagan Lunarfest by myself, CliffPollick, & Sam Webster. Each of us had been active members of more tra-ditional branches of the Order during our magickal apprenticeships. Cliffwas a IIIo member of the Caliphate OTO, and co-founder of Hadit Chapterin Philadelphia. Sam was a IIo member of the Caliphate, & founder of Aum.Ha. Camp in Boston. I was once a Minerval in the Caliphate OTO (now lapsed for going on adues strike during the year-&-a-half it took them to recognize my initia-tion). I was also a member of Grant's Typhonian OTO for about a decade,during which time I worked my way from probationer to Vo. When I beganto evince symptoms of knowing my Will & reifying it, Grant informed methat the OTO was designed for those who were not yet ready to manifesttheir Wills. According to Grant, those who know their Will and are doingit, have no need of the OTO. Once I grasped the significance of what hewas saying, I most certainly agreed that I had no real need of the Ty-phonian OTO. Synthesizing my personal links with the Fountainhead of theOrder, and accepting similar links which Grant & others were formulatingwithin themselves is not always an easy task for me, but it is one whichI find to be well worth my effort. So I remained within the orbit of theTyphonian OTO until Grant expelled me in 1986. The light of Gnosis extends outward from each of us. In previous aons,Magickal Orders, Religions, and Yogic Schools were formulated by individ-uals who had tapped into the gnosis, & set about sharing their wealthwith others of like aspiration. Illumination extended outward thru catena of initiation to those individuals who had not yet discovered thelight of gnosis within themselves. Some disciples became dependent uponthe light emmanating from their Master, thus blinding themselves to thelight which emmanates from within themselves. As gnostics died, or wenton to other endeavors, Schools Religions & Magickal Orders in which theyworked their Will did not simply close-up shop or evaporate into thinair. Mystery schools may be headed by Fools or charlatans as well as bygnostic saints. In many ways, Secrecy & respect for tradition encourageHanumann & the Ape of Thoth to stand in the spotlight, while the work ofthe inner Order goes on un-noticed, save by those few who understand thatgnosis comes from within. Although there are many gnostics who prefer to work solitary & awayfrom formal groups, I much prefer to work/play/grow within a SovereignSanctuary of the Gnosis whose members see themselves & each other asoperating within a free-form ever-shifting network of Anarchistic Kings.From my perspective, the core of the OTO is not based upon pyramidal pol-itics. It is a multi-dimensional self-luminous spider web with no singlespider-god architect, & no fixed center around which the universe orbits.We whose will is to function as Sovereigns of the OTO are both weavers &web . Individually & collectively, we gleefully followstimulating strands which others have woven, as we add our own personalembellishments to what others have woven before us. We each cherish thoseinspiring patterns in the web which helped us to access our present levelof illumination. As the Knights Templar did before us, we keep all roadssafe for pilgrims -- I warn others away from those individuals &/or prac-tices which I have found to be dangerous, or seductively sedating. Yet Ihave no desire to compel anyone to follow my advice. How can I possiblydetermine another's Will for him/her, or judge his/her ability to flour-ish under circumstances which I find stiffling? All I can do is advise.We each repair the fabric of the web, inasmuch as each of us feels it isneed of repair . And we create new & interesting patterns, by which we entertainourseves, each other, & mayhaps increase the general level of gnostic Grade Structure From my perspective, our Order has 3 grades which I attribute to Her-mit Lover & Wo/Man of Earth, but each Sovereign is free to create andmanifest his/her own unique system .Our innermost grade is the first to be encountered. To me, a Hermitis one who has sought the gnosis within him/her-self and has made his/herown personal links with the Fountainhead of the Order independent fromany external organizations/beings. I am ever-working & ever-playing toreify this grade in my day-to-day life. The Grade of Lovers is the province of those whose Will is to workwithin the community, fraternity, and fellowship of our Order. I imposeno dues, duties, or hazing rituals upon those who seek our fellowship --but I speak only for myself. It is up to each Sovereign to work this outfor him/her-self! --"teach ye must, but .. ." I assume that all candidatesfor initiation into the Grade of Lovers consider themselves to be Mastersof the Temple, or whatever they deem to be the equivalent in whateversystem of internal initiation they are working. When working with otherMasters, I see no need for hoodwinks, dire oaths, or stodgy 19th CenturyEgypto-Victorian Masonic ritual forms. For me, Love, Will, & Personal Re-sponsibility have always been keywords for this Grade. Initiation comes in many forms. Mutual initiation is the ideal,as no karma accrues thereby. I see initiation into the Chthonic-AuranianOTO as a process of mutual recognition between a representative of ourOrder & the candidate. Usually, but not always, this recognition culmi-nates in a ritual to welcome the Candidate into our Order as 1-of-us --not as some illusory equal, but as an individual beyond considerations ofhierarchy or equality. Local groups are free to charge dues, set up grand temples, or what-ever else they feel may benefit their work. But no local group can in-sist that any member-at-large of the Chthonic-Auranian OTO join theirtemple, pay dues, or swear fealty to the local hierarch. Conversly, nomember of the Chthonic-Auranian OTO has any right to expect services fromthe Order at large, or from any temple of which s/he is not an activesupporting member. TANSTAAFL! In contrast with many manifestations of the OTO, we who embrace thegrade of Wo/Man of Earth compriseour Sovereign Sanctuary. For me, the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Gnosis isnot an inner Hermetic contemplative grade, but rather, an outward mani-festation of Gnostic-Hermeticism into the world at large. To me, a Sovereign is one whose personal Will is inexorably inter-twined with the ever-evolving Will of our Order. In essence, a Sovereignis dedicated in body/mind/spirit to the essence of the OTO. S/He nurturesits growth, enriches its function, & when the Chthonic-Auranian OTO has outlived its purpose, s/he be-comes the executor of that portion of our Order's Estates which come un-der his/her self-chosen and self-regulated jurisdiction --to distribute,shroud, destroy, or inter our Order's Wealth, Mysteries, & Wisdom in ac-cord with Will. Citizen of the World is my friend Arian's name for this grade --wherein each Sovereign is a living embodiment of the essence our Order inhis/her every contact with each-&-every being s/he encounters. Not onlywith those who view themselves as magickians, shamans, witches, mystics,sufis, or other practitioners of High Art, but also those with more down-to-earth titles of office, such as neighbor, stranger, friend, traveler,person, or individual. For me, embodiment of the essence of the OTO does not imply preaching,nor does it even necessarily connote mentioning the Chthonic-Auranian OTOby name. It simply means being a Thelemite 24 hours a day, each & every day of mylife --not just when I am in a ritual Circle, or surrounded by other con-scious Thelemites. Yet, this commitment to embody the essence of the OTO does not neces-sitate becoming a slave to consistency. How I behave as a Thelemite var-ies from day to day, & from situation to situation. To me, Thelema is nota static code of morals, but an ever-expansive inter-active flowering ofmy Will in relationship with the Multiverse at large, and all beings con-tained therein. The Sovereign Sanctuary can also be viewed as a context for interactionand networking by which the Will of us Sovereigns become united in acts of Love under Will to create/-tune/activate various magickal engines for any purpose whatsoever. Sovereigns are just that. We are beholden to no person or governingbody beyond our own personal interpretation of Will. The only way I knowto remove a sovereign from office is to slay him or her . A Sovereign cannotbe put on bad-report, expelled, removed from active duty, or any othereuphemism for hierarchal censure, censorship, or muzzling. I abhore thepractice of Coventry, in any form. The other side of that coin is also incontestable. No sovereign can beobligated to endorse or condone any conduct of any other sovereign orgroup of sovereigns. No member can be compelled to associate with anyother member. Love, Will, & feelings of strong-&-abiding kinship adjudi-cate association, not rank or office. A Sovereign is any member of our Order who asserts him/her-self as a Sovereign, & who is subse-quently embraced as a fellow Sovereign by any 2 or more Wo/Men of Earth.We did it this way to ensure that the Chthonic-Auranian OTO could easilygrow beyond our founders' individual foci of vision. Chthonia and Auranos Chthonic means of the underworld, or mysterious, with intimations ofqliphothic. We emphasize the meeting/acceptance/fusion of dark and lightwithin each of us individually, & within all of us collectively --seeLiber Tzaddi. Chthonic also means spurious --we openly acknowledge ourbastard roots.> Auranian derives from Auranos, a specialized ortho-graphy of Uranus. Auranos is an extra-telluric counterpart of Chthonia,the dark hidden aspect of Gaia. In our spelling of Auranos, we imply bothgold & light as well as the more traditionalfertile rain, symbol for the jizm of Uranus, fertilizer of earth's inner-most mysteries. To me, Chthonic-Auranian invokes the serpent & the dove. On a micro-cosmic level, I embrace with passion my recognition that I am the productof extra-terrestrial DNA (mainly of viral origin) which has successfullycombined with terrestrial genetic material to form the being who perceiv-es itself as being I. From my perspective, we are a co-mingling of themysteries of Heaven & Earth within the concurbit of the OTO/AoooAooo. Some OTO's are structured so as to teach or impart various techniquesto their members. Others seem to focus their energy into setting tasks,then judging success or failure by evaluating each member's lab notebook(magickal record). In my experience, top-down imposed curricula can veryeasily become onerous. I see no point creating/imposing strictures whichmay be restrictive to a particular member's Will. I see required programsof study, &/or external accounting of an individual's progress along aself-chosen Path as having little place within the Chthonic-Auranian OTO,aside from mutually agreeable 1-on-1 voluntary covenants. As a self-directed Thelemite, I set my own course curriculum for un-folding my Will, & I assume others are willing-&-able to do likewise. Ifanyone is interested in my Work, I am generally eager to share my know-ledge, techniques, & speculations --gratis to friends, & at a fair priceto strangers. Likewise, as I discover interesting people whose knowl-edge, techniques, &/or ideas stimulate me, I ask ea


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