About Sekhet-Maat Lodge

Sekhet-Maat Lodge is a fully-functioning Local Body of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A., a hierarchical, religious membership organization. Our mission is to effect and promote the doctrines and practices of the philosophical and religious system known as Thelema through our sacramental and initiatory rites, offer guidance and instruction to our members, organize social events, and engage in educational and community service activities within the Valley of Portland, Oregon.

We encourage creative excellence through aesthetic expression in all areas of individual and group endeavor, and promote an ethos inspired by Liber AL II:35 — “Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy & beauty!”

Our Work

We provide frequent opportunities for members to experience our Rites of Initiation, the Ecclesiastical Rites, and Fraternity in a variety of ritual and social settings. In addition to encouraging active participation in the principal rituals of the Order, we provide many opportunities for members to engage in original ritual performances, theatrical productions, and seasonal celebrations.

We also offer regular classes, study groups, training programs, and guest lectures on various topics germane to the theory and practice of Thelema, Magick, and Mysticism, and our online journal, Force & Fire, wherein members can share their personal literary and artistic productions.

Our Name

Sekhet – from the Egyptian root sekhem, meaning “to be powerful, mighty, violent”. Lioness-headed goddess of love and war/destruction. Symbolizes the strength and perseverance necessary to endure all ordeals and accomplish what is to be done energetically and completely. Atu XI, Lust (Strength).

Maat – from the Egyptian root ma’at, meaning “the principle of truth, justness, and its measure”. The principle of natural law. Depicted as a woman or serpent wearing a headdress of red plumes, or as the scales/the balance. Symbolizes the ability to accurately and truthfully analyze one’s accomplishments; to avoid self-delusion about personal progress; to view the Work in a balanced manner and in the proper perspective. Atu VIII, Adjustment (Justice).