With the coming of the Aquarian Age, the world has seen an influx of older souls whose inner being has
a desire for more than material acquisitions. Within these souls lives the desire to aid and help their fellows, to alleviate the pain and suffering that is so unmistakably present, and to bring about the true Brother/Sisterhood of Man. If you are one of these souls (regardless of your physical age), then you know the inner yearnings of which we speak.
Adepts of the Ageless Wisdom have looked forward to this period of human history with eager, longing eyes. They have understood the cyclic laws which govern human affairs. They have always known that fundamental discoveries which lead to revolutionary changes in the lives of men and women must always await the time when man's mind is ready for such great transformations.
In preparation for this critical period, a course of instruction was composed embodying the very essence of the Esoteric Doctrines of the Western Mystery Schools. More than forty years of writing and revision have gone into this work. They, upon whom this great responsibility devolved, being themselves well-versed in the essentials of the Western Tradition, bent all their efforts to making ready for this New Age. The result of their endeavors is a complete course of instruction which gives a clear-cut explanation of the laws and forces which work through human personality to bring that personality to the highest levels of spiritual, mental and physical attainment.
Builders of the Adytum offers such study and training, teaching the doctrine of the Oneness of God, the brother/sisterhood of man, and the kinship of all life. B.O.T.A. is a direct development of the Ageless Wisdom Mystery Schools that, from time immemorial have been the custodians of spiritual training. Because of this, the Order offers a very effective and proven curriculum through which aspirants are prepared for spiritual unfoldment. Through the methods of the Western Mystery Tradition, you will follow a clearly delineated pathway to the recognition of the Higher Being within and how to apply this knowledge to aid in the evolution of humanity.
The Holy Qabalah is the mystical (occult) Wisdom Teaching of ancient Israel. The great prophets of the Old and New Testaments, including Jesus of Nazareth, were versed in the Qabalah and received their spiritual training therefrom. The Holy Qabalah is based on a diagrammatical and symbolic glyph called the Tree of Life. It is a pictorial-symbolic representation of the One God and of man's relationship to God and creation. The Tarot is a pictorial textbook on Ageless Wisdom and is embodied in the Tree of Life diagram.
The primary purpose of B.O.T.A. is not only to teach, but to practice the doctrine of the Oneness of God, the brother/sisterhood of man, and the kinship of all life as patterned after the Ageless Wisdom Mystery Schools of spiritual training, particularly exemplified by the Holy Qabalah. Every true occult Order such as B.O.T.A. has as its major objective the promotion of the welfare of humanity.
B.O.T.A. was founded in 1922 by Dr. Paul Foster Case for the study of practical occultism. As a recognized world authority on the Tarot and Qabalah, he was given the task by the Inner School of re-interpreting the Ageless Wisdom into terms understandable to the modern Western mind. Dr. Case is said to have received his instruction from a secret master who is himself one of a chain of Mystery School masters dating back to before the rise of the pharaohs. Dr. Case's successor was Rev. Ann Davies, who in her youth had been fortunate enough to meet Dr. Case and to be initiated into the Wisdom of the Tarot.
Rev. Davies said that the B.O.T.A. teachings are for practical purposes: "Learning how to bring about physical improvements in health, income, environment and associations; developing the mind by improving concentration, reason, memory, imagination, and intuition. The spiritual Self benefits through direct knowledge of self and the universe. Above all the Self discovers life as it can be lived... with excitement... with joy... with love. And this can be learned from the Qabalah."
B.O.T.A. instruction is available through the mail. As one of the privileges of membership, members receive four correspondence lessons once each month. The cost of an individual membership is $18 a month. The first seven weeks of lessons succinctly present metaphysical principles. Those remaining with B.O.T.A. will cover the complete spectrum of the Western Mystery School teachings.
Lessons are available in English, French, German and Spanish. There is active group work throughout Europe, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States. The headquarters of Builders of the Adytum has been in Los Angeles since the 1930s. Sunday Services are at 11:00 a.m. each week and are open to the public at the Temple of Tarot and Holy Qabalah located at 5101 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90042, (323) 255-7141, Fax (323) 255-4166.