About Us

SWL_lamen_colorScarlet Woman Lodge—founded in 1993 and located in the Valley of Austin Texas—is a local body of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) under charter from United States Grand Lodge. We are a fraternal, initiatory organization, similar to Freemasonry and the ancient mystery schools, that has accepted the Law of Thelema as revealed in The Book of the Law. As such, we support the mission of the Grand Lodge “to effect and promote the doctrines and practices of the philosophical and religious system known as Thelema, with particular emphasis on cultivating the ideals of individual liberty, self-discipline, self-knowledge, and universal brotherhood.”

The primary elements of the Lodge are:

The Community

Scarlet Woman Lodge represents an active community of Thelemites with various backgrounds, interests, and occupations. We believe that “the Law is for All” and so we welcome any individual who is sincerely interested in the Great Work and who conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our Work. We do not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or religious beliefs. Many if not most of our events are public, and participation in our community can come through attending events, taking Baptism and/or Confirmation in the church, or initiation. Membership in the Lodge proper is restricted to initiates of Ordo Templi Orientis.

Cultural & Educational Events

Besides our formal rituals and celebrations, we produce numerous other events and projects. These include a tradition of ritual theatre stretching back to 1995, which began with seven years of performing The Rites of Eleusis. We hold social events, celebrate the holidays of the Thelemic calendar, perform original ritual, hold classes on topics related to our mysteries and teachings, sponsor discussion groups and other fora, and host special events and weekend symposia.  Our projects include publishing a journal, The Scarlet Letterand other various projects that develop and extend Thelemic culture. We frequently host special events and weekend seminars. Please see our calendar for a full list of our events.

Circle of Stars Sanctuary of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica

Our Sanctuary is the church environment wherein we celebrate our ecclesiastical ceremonies, primarily the Gnostic Mass, which we celebrate weekly. Our Masses are open to the public, and Baptism and Confirmation in the Church does not require initiation into the Order. Times of our public Gnostic Mass celebrations are posted on our calendar.

Rites of Initiation

The Lodge administers the initial degrees (0°–P.I.) in the Order’s graded system of initiations. In the rituals of these degrees, O.T.O. seeks to instruct the individual by allegory and symbol in the profound mysteries of Nature, and thereby to assist each to discover his or her own true Identity. Initiates of O.T.O. who are in good standing with Order constitute the membership of O.T.O. in the United States, and membership in Scarlet Woman Lodge requires one to be an initiate in good standing with the United States Grand Lodge of O.T.O. Those seeking initiation through Scarlet Woman Lodge should contact a Lodge Officer for assistance in that pursuit.