The Builders of the Adytum – or B.O.T.A. for short – is a school of western mystery tradition based in Los Angeles. It was founded in 1922 by Paul Foster Case who was a senior member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
It is registered in the U.S. as a non-profit making, tax exempt religious order. It teaches by correspondence covering esoteric psychology, occult tarot, Hermetic Qabalah (whatever the hell that is?), astrology and meditation.
B.O.T.A. believes that the Qabalah is the mystical root of both ancient Judaism and the original Christianity. People of all faiths are accepted if they are mystically inclined.
For members of the B.O.T.A, the means whereby higher consciousness, illumination and enlightenment may be gained include both theory and practice. These teachings and practical secrets constitute what the Builders of the Adytum refer to as Ageless Wisdom. It is called “Ageless” because they believe it is not susceptible to the mutations of time.
Ageless Wisdom is not viewed by the B.O.T.A as primarily a product of man’s thinking. It is “written by God upon the face of nature” and is always there for men and women of all epochs to read, if they can.
Group Ritual Work has long been used in the Western mystery tradition as a dynamic means of bringing about spiritual and fraternal insights. Open only to B.O.T.A. members, this ritualistic work occurs after initiation into Pronaos which includes an oath of secrecy.
Its aim is to impress symbolism more effectively upon the aspirants’ psyches through dramatic enactment, bringing the static images of the B.O.T.A. tarot deck into motion.
Adytum is the Greek word for Inner Shrine or Holy of Holies. Like Jesus, who many believe was trained in Qabalah, members of the Order aspire to build the Inner Temple, to construct the Holy of Holies within.