The Order of Thelemic Knights (OTK) is both a Gnostic and Thelemic organization founded in 1999 to serve the Thelemic community and the greater society. Known for the charitable deeds of its members, the Order of Thelemic Knights also serves individuals in the Gnostic Thelemic community through The Gnostic Thelemic Church of Alexandria.
Members of the Order of Thelemic Knights are invited to initiate into the system and participate in the mysteries of the Order through a careful screening process to identify their potential for making meaningful contributions to society. The Order of Thelemic Knights recognizes Eleven Virtues: Valor, Nobility, Discernment, Pride, Compassion, Fidelity, Passion, Strength, Discipline, Self Reliance, and Hospitality. Those virtues have an esoteric meaning known to its initiated members. Members are encouraged to develop these virtues and recognize them in others, regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, or sexuality.
The Order of Thelemic Knights was officially established on August 23, 1999. The organization consists of three distinct levels of membership: Squires, Knights, and Peers.
The Squire grade is a period of mutual evaluation. The Squire is given a curriculum consisting of various disciplines, such as Qabalah, Hermetic Magick, Astrology, Comparative Religion and Critical Reasoning. The curriculum is designed to cover the basics and introduces the candidate to some of the technical language used in the initiations and other Order’s writings. They are also assigned a Knight to assist them in their curriculum. The Knight is the Squire’s connection to the Order. The Knight can, in turn, ask for the assistance of the Squire to help him achieve his own Order work and/or fulfill his responsibilities and obligations. Upon completion of the Squire’s curriculum and recognition of the OTK’s Grand Triumvirate, the Squire may then be invited to serve in the Order as a Knight.
The Knight grade is by invitation only. After finishing the Squire work, a Squire may be invited to the Knighthood. Knights work on their own volition without the guidance of a tutor, and are expected to complete a curriculum and perform various management duties for the Order. They are in essence, teachers. Their resulting work must show some mastery in the areas of comparative religion, philosophy, and critical thinking.
Additionally, Knights are taught to organize community events, in particular emergency preparedness. Upon completion of all curriculum Knights have the option of serving in the Priesthood of The Gnostic Thelemic Church of Alexandria, under the tutelage of the Bishop. This is not a requirement, and Knights showing interest in Holy Orders must complete an additional period of training.
The Peers: Very little is known of the Peers except that they are the Grand Master’s advisers and the Order’s governing body. The Grand Triumvirate consists of three Peers: the Grand Master, the Grand Marshall, and the Grand Seneschal.
The Eleven Virtues of Thelemic Knighthood
The Order’s ethical value system is reflected in eleven virtues.
- Nobility: Poise and elegance in both word and deed.
- Discernment: Piercing all glamour to see the Truth in one’s self and in others.
- Pride: Having a true sense of one’s worth.
- Compassion: The vice of Kings!
- Fidelity: Loyalty to one’s self, one’s comrades and to one’s word.
- Passion: To do all with love under will.
- Strength: The body is the Temple of God.
- Discipline: Perseverance, that the Work may be accomplished.
- Self Reliance: Only a free man may walk our path.
- Hospitality: To share what one has with others, especially those far from home.
Charity Work and Disaster Relief
The Order has been engaged in various charitable campaigns since its creation. Our first venture into disaster relief, however, began in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Members of the Order worked together with the Red Cross to provide security for refugees in the Portland, Oregon area. Since that time, our officers have spoken to community members about disaster preparedness and emergency relief work in the Northwest.