Universal Gnostic Collegium

Ordo Astri serves to reveal an initiatic Order to those so prepared. The grades of initiation in the O∴ A∴ are obtained by personal work done and the keeping of a diary Record. Our work is to fulfil the Great Work of the primordial or universal tradition.

Ordo Astri Initiation:: Nuit as drawn by Oliver St. JohnOrdo Astri fulfils the role of Outer Court to the Order, which is based on grades or degrees equating to the Qabalistic Tree of Life. We have developed comprehensive, internally consistent methods of ritual and Tantra-yoga.

The way of the True Will is the equivalent, in terms of the human state, of the Sanskrit dharma. It is a law of universal will and love, and is not in any way a personal law or a set of codified rules as applicable to all contingent circumstances.

Each grade has an Oath and a Task to accomplish. Our methods are necessarily elitist, for this requires a high level of intelligence, integrity and resolve. Few people are able to work in this fashion over a lengthy period of time, or are in any way suited to it.

Ordo Astri and Initiation

Ordo Astri: Grades of the OrderThe grades or degrees of initiation correspond to the Qabalistic Tree of Life and are obtained through study, practice and the Keeping of the diary Record. Initiation requires a sustained effort over a prolonged period of time. Applicants must have more than a superficial interest in the mysteries. They must be willing to practice and understand the four powers of the Sphinx: to Know, to Dare, to Will and to keep Silence.

The Great Work in our tradition is not merely about obtaining personal insights, powers, or even spiritual enlightenment; it is a service that each and every one of us freely gives so as to assist cosmic and praeterhuman intelligences to bring about the spiritual and material restoration of the earth.

Applicants for the degrees must complete a Probationership term. If the work is approved, admission to the first degree is granted.

The task of the aspirant to an initiatic Order is to build and contribute to the symbol of that Order. Aspirants build the temple from their body, their mind, their heart and their will so that it becomes a perfected and balanced representation of the universe they inhabit.

Successful completion of a Probationership course under direct tuition is a condition for entry to the first initiated degree, Neophyte (see below).

Ordo Astri Literature (Required)

Required reading and study for Students and Probationers:

The Enterer of the Threshold (2022 Edition)
Way of Knowledge in the Reign of Antichrist

Those who wish to obtain a thorough grounding in Qabalah, which is the basis of ritual, may work through our one-year Hermetic Qabalah Foundation Course. The course may be worked as a one-year Probationer term, under supervision. Send your request along with your letter requesting Associate status. You will need a copy of the textbook (2022 Edition) in addition to the two books listed above.

Details of membership are provided here: Ordo Astri Membership.

Please note that Ordo Astri is the general name for the Outer Order and the publishing imprimatur. The collegium is called the O∴ A∴

A Word on the Means

Passage through the grades is marked by Oath and Deed. Although anyone may solemnly write their name to an Oath or Pledge, that does not, in itself, make it ‘real’. A piece of paper, after all, is just that. In the same way, a person may be admitted to membership of an Order but that does not imply initiation in the real sense. No ritual or ceremony will confer initiation of its own accord; no person on earth may confer real initiation on another. Initiatic transmission has its source wholly beyond the human sphere. The work begins, nonetheless, with the Oath of Dedication (or Probationer Oath).


1. See the page Initiation on this website for an account of what initiation truly is. For a detailed explanation, see our book, ‘Initiation’, Nu Hermetica—Initiation and Metaphysical Reality.

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Enterer of the Threshold: Neophyte Initiation

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