Membership

There are two primary types of membership, initiate and ecclesiastical, corresponding to the two constituent rites of Ordo Templi Orientis, Mysteria Mystica Maxima (M∴M∴M∴) and Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.). The two are initially independent, but become connected as one progresses through either rite.

Initiate Membership

Initiate membership is available to every man and woman who is free, at least 18 years old, and of good report.  O.T.O. initiations are conferred through a physical ceremony conducted by a chartered initiator. Initiations are almost always held at O.T.O. local bodies, most commonly Oases and Lodges. The introductory initiation into O.T.O. is known as the “Minerval” or 0°.

Therefore, the path to becoming an initiate member of O.T.O. involves contacting a nearby or otherwise convenient local body which conducts Minerval initiations, obtaining an application for initiation from that body, and submitting it along with the appropriate dues and fees.

In order to establish “good report”, your application must be signed by two sponsors who are already I° initiates of O.T.O. Prospective sponsors will generally want to get to know you before signing your application, which may involve your attendance with them at several local body events, or time spent with them privately.

Ecclesiastical Membership

Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.) is the ecclesiastical arm of OTO. It offers lay membership conferred through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. Lay membership confers no special privileges. Confirmed members of E.G.C. who are also Minerval initiates may enter the Novitiate and work toward ordination to the Diaconate or the Priesthood. There are further M∴M∴M∴ degree requirements for these ordinations.

Membership policies

Privacy: Membership in O.T.O. is private. Names and addresses of members are kept confidential from the general public and from the bulk of O.T.O. members. O.T.O. officers (including local body officers) are provided with information about members on a need-to-know basis. For example, a member wishing to attend an initiates-only event at a local body may have her membership status confirmed by Grand Lodge in response to a query by the local body master; similarly, Grand Lodge officers in the Treasury and newsletter offices will have access to the member information required to do their jobs.

Non-discrimination: There shall be no consideration of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation when considering the fitness of candidates for admission, advancement, or appointment to office within Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.

 


Joining Roar of Rapture Encampment

  • Initiates of I° or above in O.T.O. may join as full Members.
  • Minervals are esteemed guests of the Order and are considered a division of the membership.
  • Those confirmed in the E.G.C. or those who do not wish to become a member, yet desire to attend private events or support Roar of Rapture may join as an Affiliate. Affiliate membership does not automatically imply sponsorship for initiation.
  • To begin your affiliation contact the Body Master and make your first dues payment.

Member & Affiliate Privileges

  • Attend regular Camp events (e.g. the Gnostic Mass, private events, degree sensitive classes).
  • Take and attend initiation at the Camp, according to the regulations and customs of the Order.
  • Gain access to our mobile / online chat system for 24hr access to Roar of Rapture Members and Affiliates.
  • Discounts on admission price to events.
  • Borrow books from the Camp Library.
  • Influence how the Camp is run by attending quarterly meetings.
  • All Members are eligible to assume ongoing responsibility subject to approval by the Master.

Dues

Many of the goals and activities of Roar of Rapture require financial support.  Such things as initiations, the Gnostic Mass, supporting our temple alongside many other projects impact our financial health.  By making donations and paying dues promptly, our members and affiliates are helping directly to make Roar of Rapture and our community strong and aiding us in our task to fulfill and achieve our goals.

  • Members:  Dues are  $15 per month.
  • Minervals:  Dues are $10 per month
  • Affiliates:  Dues are $60 per year accepted only as a one time annual payment.

If an Affiliate becomes a Minerval, any remaining dues are prorated to cover the local dues of the Minerval.

We gladly accept any pledges above this amount.  If you would like to discuss how you can plan financially to contribute more, please contact the Treasurer.

Payment

  • Pay by PayPal, using the forms on the right of the page.
  • Swipe your debit / credit card at the Camp.
  • Pay by emailed invoice (billed regularly or by request)
  • Hand it to the Body Master or Secretary in person (no checks accepted please).

If you are unable to pay dues on time please speak with the Treasurer to make arrangements.

About Minerval Initiation

The Minerval Degree (0°) is the introductory Initiate degree in Ordo Templi Orientis. It is said to symbolize the first step in the journey of the Self in Eternity, where the Ego, a wandering God, is attracted to the Solar System. The questions and answers contained in this document were written as a guide for …

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