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Paganism & Wicca - What Is The Order Of The Oriental Templars (OTO)?

The Order of the Oriental Templars (OTO) is also known as the Order of the Temple of the East or the Order of the Temple of the East. 

  • Karl Kellner, a German Freemason and occultist, founded a magical organization and metaphysical society in the early 1900s. 
  • OTO was created as a contemporary version of Templarism, based on the historical Knights Templar. 
  • Kellner traveled to India to study Tantra and was influenced by American occult master Pascal Beverly Randolph's followers. 
  • Randolph claimed to have traveled extensively across the Eastern Hemisphere and had the key to all Hermetic and Masonic secrets via holy sexual magic and Templar occult techniques. 
  • The OTO was founded on the concept of utilizing sexual energy in ritual magic. Trained adepts use the sexual excitement energy for transformative purposes. 
  • Kellner died in 1905, and Theodor Reuss became the Order's new head. 
  • In 1912, he asked Aleister Crowley to establish an English chapter of the Order. 
  • Crowley became the Order's head when Reuss resigned in 1922. 
  • OTO branches are presently operating in a number of countries. 

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