Welcome to the Internet Presence of Swirling Star Lodge

It has been our pleasure to serve South Florida's Thelemic community since 1999.

We are an officially chartered body of Ordo Templi Orientis, the largest Thelemic organization in the world. Founded in 1999, Swirling Star has been operating consistently for more than 15 years. We offer initiations, classes, and celebrations of the Gnostic Mass. We also celebrate ritual, observe Holy Days and participate in workshops and lectures. Please check our blog and Event Calendar for news and upcoming events.

Swirling Star Lodge's Up-Coming Events

Ordo Templi Orientis Initiations

Swirling Star Lodge offers 0°-III° initiations to every man and woman who is free, at least 18 years old, and of "good report." For more information on this please see the US Grand Lodge website.

O.T.O. initiations are conferred through a physical ceremony conducted by a chartered initiator. Therefore, the path to becoming an initiate member of O.T.O. involves contacting a local body, obtaining an application for initiation from that body, and submitting it along with the appropriate dues and fees.

Swirling Star Lodge offers initiations four times throughout the year, in March, June, September and December. Please check our Event Calendar for exact dates, or e-mail us at swirlingstaroto@gmail.com for more information.

The Gnostic Mass

Aleister Crowley described the Gnostic Mass as the central ritual, public and private, of the O.T.O. For more information on the Gnostic Mass please see www.gnosticmass.org and watch our Gnostic Mass video.

Swirling Star Lodge hosts monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) public celebrations of the Gnostic Mass at our Temple space in Fort Lauderdale. The address is 3833 North Andrews Avenue, Oakland Park, FL 33309,located on the 2nd floor of the building. Please check our Event Calendar for exact dates.

There is a suggested donation of $10 per person to help cover the cost of performing the ritual. Please RSVP to swirlingstaroto@gmail.com prior to the mass if you plan to attend.

Swirling Star Social Nights

Curious about Ordo Templi Orientis? Want to learn more about Aleister Crowley and Thelema? Please join us at our Lodge space on the first Monday of each month from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and get your questions answered!

Swirling Star Social Nights are very casual, and we welcome interested and curious persons to get acquainted with our members, engage in discussions or just hang out and enjoy some fraternity. To those seeking initiation, this is an ideal time to meet and speak to potential sponsors.

For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail us at swirlingstaroto@gmail.com.

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To Perfect This Feast

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Aleister Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass in 1913. He described it as "the central ritual, public and private, of the O.T.O.," the first of the ancient orders of antiquity to embrace the teachings of The Book of the Law. Received in 1904, The Book of the Law proclaims a new set of spiritual directives for the modern era.

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In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult, 1966-1989

A stone's throw away from The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's infamous "Factory," William Burroughs' "bunker," and the legendary Chelsea Hotel was a scene far more esoteric than perhaps even they could have imagined. In this daring exposé by a survivor of a unique era in the New York occult scene, James Wasserman, a longtime proponent of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, brings us into a world of candlelit temples, burning incense and sonorous invocations. [read more]

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Lucifer's Rebellion

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Though he passed away in 2008, his "take-no-prisoners" approach to self-actualization lives on through the articles in this book, many written by his friends and colleagues incuding Timothy Leary, Dr. Israel Regardie, James Wasserman, Lon Milo DuQuette and Robert Anton Wilson.

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The Book of Secrets

From the strange symbols on a one dollar bill to the secret signs of the Knights Templar and Freemasons, invisible societies, and the world of magic and alchemy, The Book of Secrets (Weiser Books/March 2011) is a comprehensive introduction to the world of secret and esoteric knowledge throughout history. It offers a doorway into the initiated secret traditions of the fascinating unseen spiritual world: its symbols, secret societies and seers.

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The Weiser Concise Guide to Yoga for Magick

Yoga today connotes many images and ideas – from holy men on a high mountaintop to throngs of young women toting designer mats. Yoga, meaning "union," is actually a many-layered discipline designed to help an individual attain health, serenity, focus, and ultimately, union with the Divine. Aleister Crowley was one of the first Europeans to practice yoga and believed the practice was essential to spiritual growth, stating that "Magick is a Pyramid built layer by layer. The work of the Body of Light – with the technique of Yoga – is the foundation of the whole." [read more]

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