Marcelo Ramos Motta
June 27, 1931 – August 26, 1987
Motta saw many connections between the Law of Thelema and parts of his initiations at Fraternitas Rosicruciana Antiqua. The book ‘The Great Beast’ gave him some serious doubts about Crowley’s initiations. After asking P. Krumm-Heller about the subject, Motta received considerable material about Thelema and Crowley, which completely changed his opinions. P. Krumm-Heller introduced Motta to Karl Germer, then leader of Ordo Templi Orientis.
From 1962 to 1987, Motta, as a member of A∴A∴ had numerous students under his tutelage.
In 1975, Motta claimed to be the Outer Head of the Order of O.T.O.. This claim was rejected by U.S. court in 1978, when Motta unsuccessfully sued for ownership of Crowley’s copyrights. The case was finally rejected on appeal in 1985.
Motta established his version of O.T.O. called Society Ordo Templi Orientis in Brazil and elsewhere.