I spoke with the OTA east coast temple magister/representative today.
Basically, Poke is almost 80, and before he dies, he and his followers want to make the leap from cult to sect. They’ve the longest operating occult/hermetic temple in the US (out in Cali), but they’ve only 3-5 temples nation-wide. They need people that are active, interested, and will help them grow.
Apparently I was specifically suggested to him through acquaintances.
I’m not 100% sold on it, but their form of neo-Canaanite paganism, seasonal rites, and 7-grade system are appealing.
The gentleman I was talking with dangled a carrot in front of me, though, when I didn’t jump on his offer of joining:
They’ve G.’.B.’.G.’. ritual info that’s in the OTA system now at III* or IV* that is clear-cut, simplified approach to K&CHGA…or I could buy the Complete G.’.B.’.G.’. System book from Llewellyn.
It also seems their inner order has direct ties to the Cicero HOGD (which suddenly makes sense now with some of the temple furniture and arrangement.) If I was interested in the HOGD, that might entice me. They’re one of the few branches of the HOGD that I still have respect for.
They seem above board so far - they don’t want money, they seem that right blend of enthusiastic and naive that comes with sincerity.
Hmmmmm…I’m interested to take their intro initiation, and I’d like to meet Poke. I’m having dinner with their local representative tomorrow. I feel there’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting to get a real feel for people. But for me to suddenly take up their cause the way they want, something miraculous would need to happen.
The O.T.A. temple and henge is amazing. I’ll ask if it’s fine to share pictures of it. It’s definitely an inspiration.