Thelema is the Greek word for Will and refers to the magickal and religious system discovered (renewed ?) by Aleister Crowley. Crowley (Master Therion) believed he had received a revelation from the god Horus (The Book of the Law) and using this reformed the Golden Dawn system he had received. As time when on this new form of magick became unique in its own right. After initiation into the semi-masonic Order of the Temple of the East (O.T.O) he promulgated his Law of Thelema and many O.T.O lodges accepted his revelation. Accordingly Thelema comprises many elements of earlier magical systems including Golden Dawn, OTO, Sexual Magic (Tantra) and many others. At his death there was no clear outline of successor and conflicts erupted over who should have authority, they continue to this day with a passion !
College of Thelema
Publishers of In the Continuum and Black Pearl. Highly intelligent and academic approach to Thelema, working to sustain the highest possible standard of magical and occult training. Both ITC and Black Pearl are now available as free downloads.
The Holy Order Of RaHoorKhuit
A Thelemic group working the lesser and greater mysteries of the Western tradition as these mysteries have been influenced by the Book of the Law.
Order of Thelemic Knights
The Order of Thelemic Knights (OTK) is both a Gnostic and Thelemic organization founded in 1999 to serve the Thelemic community and the greater society. Known for the charitable deeds of its members, the Order of Thelemic Knights also serves individuals in the Gnostic Thelemic community through The Gnostic Thelemic Church of Alexandria.
The Largest OTO body, founded by Grady McMurty and continuing to flourish today. It usually known as a Caliphate OTO and follows a strongly religious application of Thelema based on the Book of the Law, the Holy Books and related revelations. Operates a structured grade system and has lodges in most countries around the world. The above address is the US Grand Lodge which also has links to other lodges. The OTO also offers a very wide range of Thelemite materials online. This site also includes the US OTO’s version of the development and chartering of their order.
Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua & La Couleuvre Noire.
This is one of the best sites online on the OTO, Thelema and Crowley, it is a controversial site working on the vast range of historical materials rather than from a sectarian standpoint. It covers a range of esoteric and occult orders and even includes a number of excellent books in text form for download. The author has also written range of quite incredible source books and these are outlined in some detail, sadly a number are only in German.
The controversial English occultists and friend of Aliester Crowley, Kenneth Grant, founded this Order. He has published a range of texts (some eight in all) and continues to work to outline the sexual sorcery inherent within the higher workings of the OTO system. The Typhonian OTO section of the OTO Phenomenon site includes some good source materials on the history, practises and magick of the Typhonian OTO. His books are kept in print by Star Fire Publishing http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk