How to Learn Real Magic

by F.R.R. Mallory

Thelema is a religious and fraternal organization founded in 1904 by Aleister Crowley. According to the U.S. Grand Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, Thelema is categorized as a religion and "it is in other senses a philosophy and a way of life, while also overlapping with the set of practices and symbols commonly called 'Magick.' " OTO offers an organized structure to earn rank within the organization and to learn the secrets of the organization's methods and practices.

How To Learn Real Magic

Locate your nearest Ordo Templi Orientis Oases or Lodge. There are Oases or Lodges in 27 states.

Request an application to become an initiate member or Minerval of the OTO.

Attend several private gatherings or events as directed by the officials of your local group.

Obtain signatures from two OTO members of at least one degree stating that you have received a "good report." You will be tested, so this might take several attempts.

Receive an invitation to an initiation ceremony.

Attend the initiation ceremony, paying all fees and complying with all direction.

Begin comprehensive study of the practices of OTO and Thelema to learn real magick.


  • The OTO is a serious organization with a highly structured training process. This is a type of religion that involves practices that are kept private by the order. Joining any strong belief system should be done carefully and only after in-depth advance research.


  • Joining or participating in any religion different from those of your friends and family may cause challenges to relationships.

Items you will need

  • Must be at least 18 Signed application Attendance at an initiation event Payment of all required fees

About the Author

F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.

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