Welcome to the official website of Ordo Astri, the Order of the Star. The O∴ A∴ is an Independent Thelemic School of the Mysteries with an operational collegium and grade system based on the Hermetic Qabalah. The Egyptian name of the Order is Shemsu en Khabs.
Those who wish to dedicate themselves to a serious and prolonged course of occult study and practice may aspire to Initiation through the grades or degrees of the Order. The structure of our college is based on the Hermetic Tree of Life. The grades of the Order are attained through personal work done and the keeping of a magical diary Record. Instruction is given through a correspondence course, beginning with the one-year Hermetic Qabalah Foundation, which serves as a Probationership for those that aspire to the grades of the Collegium.
The method of Initiation through personal work done and the Keeping of the Record has been operational for more than a century. Few persons possess the singular motivation, will and self-discipline required. Natural mystics, or those who have visionary or prophetic gifts, find their way to the O∴ A∴ when they feel the need to train psychic faculties that have been active in them since childhood. Sometimes such faculties are latent, and begin to awaken when spiritual and magical work is fully engaged with on a daily basis. However, psychism can also be a bar to spiritual knowledge, let alone wisdom and understanding; we therefore advise caution over placing too much emphasis on the so-called magical powers. Anyone making significant progress has rare qualities, including:
- The ability to work alone and in silence.
- Single-minded determination.
- The ability to practice economy of means, which is to conserve energy for the Great Work that in most human beings is expended in mundane aspirations and the pursuit of ordinary pleasures.
What makes the O∴ A∴ different from other Thelemic organisations? We do not regard Thelema or Egyptian magick as a religion. We draw inspiration from diverse sources; the Egyptian Book of the Law, Liber AL vel Legis, is one source among many. Our way is of knowledge, not belief. Initiation is based on personal work and the Record kept. We also Charter Temples (Lodges), Sanctuaries and Study Groups.
We have our own methods of Hermetic Tantra-Yoga, and have developed unique rites and ceremonies. There is an emphasis on the Goddess, and our Foundation Temple is dedicated to Babalon. The “star” in the name of the Order is the Star of Nuit-Isis.
Our rituals invoke ancient Egyptian, Phoenician and Assyrian Gods and Goddesses, and are free from Judaeo-Christian religious monotheism. We place an emphasis on Enochian Magick in the Initiations of the grades. The Skrying of the Thirty Aethyrs is a powerful means of attaining real Initiation, and is integral to our curriculum in all grades from Neophyte onwards. Our one-year correspondence course is a requirement for full membership, and involves a systematic ritual and meditative approach to exploring the paths and sephiroth of the Hermetic Tree of Life.
To apply for membership, please read our Courses page. We provide a guided correspondence course in Hermetic Qabalah involving study, meditation, ritual and the keeping of a magical diary Record. All those that enrol for the course must first become Associate Members of Ordo Astri, and are subscribed to our Newsletter (see below). For those that wish to join a Study Group or Chartered Temple Lodge, please read more about participation here: O∴ A∴ Temple of Babalon Sanctuaries and Lodges.
Our Newsletter, The 93 Current, is usually sent once per month, when the Sun enters a new zodiacal sign. We aim at all times to provide excellent, high quality literary content to our readers, related to the Hermetic and Thelemic traditions.
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