“Gathered outside Time and Space
We offer up our hopes of Grace. Our Oath of union into One,
Binding all beneath the Sun.
Thelema links us, Star to Star,
Tahuti calls to what we are.
For this we join, this is our Will,
Love is our Law. In Love fulfill,
All striving to its just reward.
Be AL our strength and ON our Lord.
Om Ah Hum!”
With this Magical “Oath of Encampment”, a small group of young, ceremonial magicians gathered together to perform the Natal Working consecrating the birth of Tahuti Encampment of the Ordo Templi Orientis. The date was Sunday, October 21, 1979 e.v. Sol and Luna were in the Sign of Libra, the Scales.
It had only been one month to the day that Brother James Wasserman had received his Charter authorizing him to operate and administer a Camp of the O.T.O. in New York City from Caliph Hymenaeus Alpha IX*, X*. Br. Wasserman and close friend Br. Richard Gernon were the nucleus of a group of devoted practitioners of the works and teachings of Aleister Crowley.
Richard Gernon, Debbie O’Mealia, Dan Gunther, and Jim Wasserman, circa 1978 e.v.
For more information on the early history of Tahuti Lodge, O.T.O., and the NYC occult scene during this time, refer to In the Center of the Fire: A Memoir of the Occult 1966-1989 by James Wasserman.