Why doesn’t everyone get to vote right away?
Small organizations, especially those offering month-to-month payment plans, are vulnerable to “dilution,” where a small group of outsiders who have no interest in or sympathy with the core mission or values of the organization join in order to derail it.
Bearing in mind that some other Thelemic Organizations require years of membership before allowing even marginal participation in government, we think that a two year introductory period is enough to assure a sincere and mature interest in the Order and Understandings, while allowing for a fairly rapid path to full involvement.
Some initial members may vote before their second full year of membership, based on the provisional arrangements.
What if I lapse?
The Handbook has detailed information about exact terms for membership. In general lapses of up to six months are acceptable if you pay back dues.
What if I don’t care about Government?
Corresponding Members of TTO are not required to pay the annual rates, and are not accorded voting privileges, but are otherwise full members.
Who can run for Office?
To accept nomination for Secretary General
The General Assembly is made up of all Supporting Members who have been members in good standing for at least two years.
The Order General is run by the Secretary General, elected directly by the membership biennially, assisted by their appointed Deputies, and by the Executive Committee elected in part by the membership.
The College of Prelates elects a Pontifex biennially, who serves as its chair and executive. Decisions to Ordain individuals who petition for Ordination, and to designate new Prelates, lays with the College.
The Consul of the Initiatory Arm is chosen from among the body of initiates. The Cancellarius is appointed by the Secretary General.
Prior to the creation of the Executive Committee in late 2020 or 2021, in June 2020 an Advisory Committee will be appointed from among the membership in order to act as an advisory and steering body to guide the organization. While actions of the Advisory Committee are non-binding on the Officers of the Organization, the actions of the Committee are important, and represent a transitional step towards full Membership participation.