Scarlet Woman Lodge
Scarlet Woman Lodge —- founded in 1993 and located in the Valley of Austin Texas — is a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis (O∴T∴O∴) under charter from U.S. Grand Lodge. It is a fraternal, initiatory organization — similar to Freemasonry and the ancient mystery schools — that has accepted the Law of Thelema as revealed in The Book of the Law.
The primary elements of the Lodge:
1. Rites of Initiation
The Lodge administers the initial degrees (0° – P.I.) in the Order's graded system of initiations. In the rituals of these degrees, O∴T∴O∴ seeks to instruct the individual by allegory and symbol in the profound mysteries of Nature, and thereby to assist each to discover his or her own true Identity. Find out more.
2. Circle of Stars Sanctuary
Our Sanctuary is the church environment wherein we celebrate our ecclesiastical ceremonies — most especially The Gnostic Mass.
3. Cultural & Educational Events
Besides our formal rituals and celebrations, we perform numerous other events and projects. These include a tradition of ritual theatre stretching back to 1995, which began with seven years of performing The Rites of Eleusis. We also hold social events; perform original ritual; hold classes for everything from astrology to yoga; publish a journal, The Scarlet Letter; and other various projects that develop and extend Thelemic culture.
4. The Community
Scarlet Woman Lodge represents an active community of Thelemites with various backgrounds, interests, and occupations. We believe that “the Law is for All” and so we welcome any individual who is sincerely interested in the Great Work. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or religious beliefs. Becoming a formal member of the Lodge by way of initiation is restricted only to being “of full age, free, and of good report.”
Our members participate in the community in numerous ways and all such participation is solely at the discretion of each member. One of our central goals is to provide opportunities for self-exploration through rewarding experiences and service to a growing community.