Request for Study Guides and Related Materials

Today we have a guest blog post from the Office of the U.S.G.L. Historian.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Hi everyone! I am currently gathering the (largely anachronous) materials listed below. I hope you can help.

  1. Local Body Study Guides

Before the availability of official degree study guides, several local bodies developed their own study guides to be given to new initiates. These varied from a basic study program, typically based on Liber MCLI (more details below), to elaborate and ambitious book-length stacks of documents, speculations, and recommendations.

Please do not send copies of Liber MCLI itself, but rather study guides and programs written specifically for local or regional use- even if they are simply re-worded and locally branded derivatives of MCLI.

  1. Local Body Supplementary Study Guides

When official study guides were issued throughout the 1990s, local body study guides became less common. Instead, some LBs would supplement the official guides with additional materials in the form of symbolism papers, excerpts from books or encyclopedias, further study recommendations, and other materials.

What I am specifically looking for are supplementals that were given out by a local body to every initiate as a part of the degree study materials as opposed to general papers or presentations on degree symbolism.

  1. Official O.T.O. Study Guides (1992) and USGL O.T.O. Study Guides (1998)

The above dates are when these guides were issued, internally they may include earlier dates of composition. I do not need study guide revisions from 2002 forward. I have seen a few examples of LBs altering these guides – removing some pages and adding others in, if this is the case please include the local body name, location, and reason for the alteration (if known).

  1. Tests and Exams

Written in the late 70s, Liber MCLI became the standard study program and examination criteria for the Order under Caliph Grady McMurtry. Some local bodies used MCLI as a basis to develop local and regional examination forms and tests. (And other LBs took it much further, greatly embellishing on that program – resulting in high standards that looked hardcore on paper but were rarely enforced.) By 1986, MCLI was no longer required, but still encouraged. It continued to be widely used until the mid to late 1990s.

I am looking for any LB or regional degree test and examination forms either based on or inspired by MCLI or developed locally.  

Please do not send any documents with personal information on them. Ideally, I am looking for clean pages without additional notes when possible.  I am looking for materials used within the U.S. before and after the formation of the U.S. Grand Lodge. Currently, my focus is on MOE materials, but I will happily accept materials up to the degree of KRE.

For 1,2 & 4 please include as much of the following as possible: Local Body name, date written or assembled, years of use, author or compiler, and any other information available.

Please send digital copies to historian@oto-usa.org

I am also happy to receive physical copies, contact me at the above address for mailing instructions. Please let me know if you have any questions. When in doubt – send it in!

Love is the law, love under will.

Thank you!

Terry

USGL Historian

Event Announcement: The Scarlet Tent Tour

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The U.S.G.L. Kaaba Colloquium team would like to invite all female identifying initiates to join us in celebrating the power of female leadership in The Scarlet Tent!

What is the Scarlet Tent?

The Scarlet Tent is a limited tour of regional retreats that brings together female identifying members of O.T.O. together to learn, share, celebrate and find the joy in communion with each other. It will be a two day workshop held at a local body near you. 

Events for the weekend will include workshops held by regional Sisters on topics that are predetermined by the local Sisters as topics in need for leadership as women in O.T.O. 

Who Can Attend?

You must be an active current member with O.T.O. to attend. 

Registration for all six of our tour dates are opening TODAY. Our date in Dallas sold out in THREE days, so register now! You are welcome to register for more than one date as long as you actively plan to attend.

Format and Schedule

Each event’s schedule will be as follows:

Friday Evening: Opening reception open to all members locally

Saturday Day: Workshops and open discussions, breakfast and lunch included. 

Saturday Evening: Reception for attendees only

Sunday Day: Workshops and open discussions, breakfast and lunch included. 

Sunday Evening: Reception for attendees only (for most locations)

Tour Schedule and Registration

Registration is $40.00 per person and all monies support the local body in providing meals for the weekend. 

Horizon Lodge, Seattle WA – Oct 26-27, 2019
https://forms.gle/9CyRbQ5GBG5hjdQk8

Alombrados Oasis, New Orleans LA – March 7-8, 2020
https://forms.gle/KZHrAcnUzg26dHm68

Knights Templar Oasis, Salem, MA – Sept 11-13, 2020
https://forms.gle/8fT35dD4Zo5hB3VaA

Blazing Star Oasis, Oakland CA – Mar 5-7, 2021
https://forms.gle/oDjmxK8K9KNVQafT7

Crux Ansata Oasis, Denver CO – Sept 17-19, 2021
https://forms.gle/kGDUGRU54ZuU3G5w5

Black Sun Lodge, Cleveland OH – March 4-6, 2022 – The Revival Tour – Open to all new and previous attendees!
https://forms.gle/ychZ14viqY6P9qAK7

Join us in the celebration of the power and joy of women’s leadership styles, approach and success! We’d love to see our Sisters come out in force, there’s women’s work to be done.

Please send questions regarding registration or the events to: hattie.quinn@oto-usa.org

Love is the law, love under will.