This data was last updated on 1 October 2018.
History: The Knights Templar Oasis, the Massachusetts chapter of the global Ordo Templi Orientis, was first established in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 5, 1990. Founding members sought to establish an O.T.O. chapter in the Boston area and promote Thelema, a tradition announced in The Book of the Law, a text received in 1904 by Aleister Crowley, who is also named in the book as the prophet of Thelema. K.T.O. eventually moved to Salem, Massachusetts in search of a larger space and to be closer to its core members. First, K.T.O. moved to Essex Street, a space now owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. Now the community maintains an office at 70 Washington Street. Since its founding, K.T.O. has held numerous masses, art exhibits, and classes, including yoga, Tarot-Enochian Skrying, Kabbalah, and Magick. Classes are taught both by members of the Order and by guests with no affiliation. In 2007, the Salem K.T.O. hosted the Sixth Biennual National O.TO. Conference (NOTOCON), themed “Beauty and Strength.”
Demographics: The K.T.O. community in Greater Boston includes freemasons, witches and pagans from a variety of professional backgrounds such as artists, lawyers and a variety of other fields. The community also includes individuals with an interest in the Kabbalah, the Occult, and in initiation into the greater Ordo Templi Orientis community. The Greater Boston community currently has over 50 members.
Activities and Schedule: The Knights Templar Oasis is also associated with the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.) and through this organization performs Gnostic Masses, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, a death collect to recognize members of the community who have transitioned. K.T.O. has also performed, both publically and privately, the "Rites of Eleusis,” a series of seven public invocations or rites written by British occultist Aleister Crowley and each centered on one of the seven classical planets of antiquity. K.T.O. also offers resources to families for the upbringing of children in what they consider a New Æon philosophy. http://notocon.org/past/notocon/vi/theme.html